MVC 2013 Men’s and Women’s golf team, left to right, front row: Katie Phillips, Destiney Doebele, Clarissa Molina, Marissa Dove, Ashley Gibbs, Maia Fitch, Jessica Crabtree; middle row: Drew Tucker, Dave Wheatley, Ethan Biles, Beau Allen, Shane Hall, Christian Hoagland, Kirk Hoggatt, Caleb Abalos; back row: Zac Howard, Assistant Coach Jim Anderson, Cody Hugunin, Blake Schlarb, Brenan Moroney, Taylor Schick, Travis Chorley, Seth Miller, Mike Bell, Cody Stevens, John Cozort, Head Coach Jordan Dickson.
Story by Jessica Crabtree
As the fall season is winding down, the MVC Men’s and Women’s golf team prepares for off-season activities.
One new aspect this year is the increase in fundraising. Players sold tickets for the annual raffle. They also sold $250 individual player website sponsorships to companies. The company websites are directly linked on each player website. The money raised went toward off-season equipment, tournaments, and player packets, which include clothing. The goal is to raise 60 percent more each year for the program, said head golf coach Jordan Dickson.
The men competed in four tournaments this fall. Team accomplishments include placing third at the CMU Eagle Open with a two-day team total of 597, 14 shots behind Baker University. For the MVC home tournament, the men finished third with a score of 619, six behind Baker. Sophomore Travis Chorley finished second with a two-day total of 150(+6).
Dickson said that the varsity team is very young this year. Half of varsity tournaments were played by freshmen. There were times of brilliance, but also times of inexperienced play. If they overcome the barrier of competition that they are capable of doing, we can start competing again, Dickson said.
On the women’s side, they also competed in four tournaments. The individual highlight of the season was freshman Clarissa Molina who shot a two-day total of 178 (+34) at the MVC home tournament.
Last year was a struggle for the women, but this year has been a vast improvement, Dickson said. Some players have shot their tournament best. A lot more effort has been put forth this year and the team is looking for a strong finish at conference, Dickson said. Freshmen golfers Maia Fitch and Destiney Doebele said they would like to decrease their scores by at least 10 shots for the spring season. They also said that the good feature about college golf is that it is more competitive and more serious than high school.
Off-season will include weight and resistance training; yoga on Fridays with Janie Morgan, assistant Professor of Dance; and golf practice. For days above 40-45 degrees, the golf team will be out on the course. Other days will be spent in the gym hitting into nets.
A new addition to the coaching staff is Chief Financial Officer Greg Silvey. Silvey has volunteered his time out of his busy schedule to help with the program, Dickson said. He has gone above and beyond what an assistant coach does: helped at practice, went to tournaments, and has “helped me out with questions on where we need to go with the program,” Dickson said.
Looking at the program recently, mind-sets and attitudes are changing, Dickson said. With these changes, the team will be able to say “This is what we do here; we win.”