Men’s golf travels to the Cardinal Club Golf Course in Louisville, Ky., Saturday afternoon to prepare for the Cardinal Intercollegiate Invitational tournament Sept. 23 and 24.
After a third-place finish at the Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-Off, which Head Coach Eddie Hunt said disappointed him and his team, the Racers have had good practices and are finding their footing for the season.
“It’s going to kind of be an up and down year, especially the first couple tournaments,” Hunt said. “They don’t have the experience to play in a lot of college tournaments. We might have a different lineup every tournament until we get the right five people.”
Sophomore Preston French is the only returning starter this year, but Hunt is confident in his team’s familiarity with Louisville’s course.
A practice round on Sunday morning will act as preparation for their 36 holes on Monday and the following 18 holes on Tuesday.
“I think the young kids are all good players, and the more they play, the better they’ll get,” Hunt said. “The next few years are going to be good ones for us. That’s why we have a fall season and a spring season, so we can kind of work that out and figure out who plays the best.”
With 15 teams in the tournament, Hunt said he feels his Racers can compete with their usual OVC competitors and various teams they rarely encounter.
“University of Louisville normally is a good team, especially when you’re playing on your own course,” he said. “Also Western Carolina should be a good competitor. I think we can compete with those schools.”
Four rounds of qualifiers have consumed most of the team’s practice time this week as they prepare for the trip.
“You’ve just got to go out and play,” Hunt said. “They can earn a position but when they go to the tournament they’ve got to perform.”
Story by Mallory Tucker, Contributing writer