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ISSUE 116 VOL 17 PUBLISHED 4/18/2003

Men's golf hopes to improve on eighth place finish

By Peter Gloviczki
Staff Writer

Friday, April 18, 2003

After finishing in eighth place in the MIAC Championships at Bunker Hills Golf Course last October, the St. Olaf golf team is looking to move up in the standings during the spring campaign.

“This last fall we took eighth in the conference, which unfortunately was not good,” said co-captain Erik Polzin ‘03. However, this spring, we have some new faces and a fresh attitude. Although we only have two tournaments this spring, it is still important for the guys to get to compete, because the tournaments in the spring help prepare us for next fall.”

In fact, the Oles will strive to present a strong showing in the two invitational tournaments on the spring schedule.

“We will play in the St. John’s tournament on the April 21, [which] is a one day, 36-hole tournament, and then a second, two round tournament on May 8 and 9. This is the Tim Cashin Invitational … last year we took second at this tournament, which was [our] best finish as team, and so we [are looking] forward to winning the [Invitational] this spring,” Polzin said.

As they work to better their MIAC performance from one year ago, Charlie Eggert ‘04 feels that the advice of tenured baseball coach, but rookie golf coach, Matt McDonald has been helpful.

“He stresses improvement and just to be consistent and not lose your cool,” Eggert said.

While the words of McDonald, who will be replaced as coach by LeAnn Finger for the spring season, have brought encouragement to the squad, Eggert feels that the more experienced members of the team, such as Polzin, have offered a great deal of support to this young group as well.

“I think they definitely help us out, they’re … always out on the practice range and ready to teach us,” Eggert said.

In fact, Polzin feels that the team must work hard to achieve a better result than their eighth place finish last fall at Bunker Hills, but with a squad which features both energetic youth and experienced, seniors he believes that the 2003 Oles can use the spring season to make positive gains for the future.

“Since 9 out of 10 guys should be returning next year, it is vital that everyone gets tournament experience because that will give them an edge over the incoming recruiting class, which is expected to be one of the best in the last few years," Polzin said.

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