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Golf teams look to tee off in right direction

Ashtin Hyde
Staff Writer
ashtin.hyde@hawks.shorter.edu

The diverse group of Shorter men and women who make up their respective golf teams have been working hard to achieve the same level of success they have enjoyed in previous years. Consisting of nine men and eight women, the teams’ goal for this season is to focus on their game and improve in all areas.

“Every person on the team is very talented,” said junior pre-med major Brandon Brookins. “The key to our success this season will be for everyone to focus and strive to improve in not just one area, but all areas.”

The teams have scheduled practices and workouts every week.

“We have practice every day,” said freshmen business management major Hannah Pope. “One day we will hit on the range and work on our short game and the next day we will play either nine or 18 holes with each other.”

Along with practices and workouts, members of the golf teams have to be prepared mentally in order to succeed.

“Golf is all mental,” said Brookins. “You do have to have some form of a golf swing but you must be mentally sufficient to succeed in this sport.”

The women’s golf team has participated in three tournaments so far.

“Tournaments are super serious,” said Pope. “I really enjoy them though because I get the chance to practice and play in a competitive environment.”

The women finished 7th, 13th, and 8th at the three tournaments.

The men’s golf team has also competed in three tournaments and had their fourth one coming up on Oct. 24 in Carrolton, Ga. After competing in Calera, Ala., Jovita, Fla., and Dahlonega, Ga., the men returned with a 9th place finish and two 12th place finishes.

“We have not been performing as strong as we would like, but we’re definitely improving,” said Brookins. “As a team we are stronger this year in the way that we are all more focused on the team instead of ourselves. That can make all the difference.”