University of Dallas has a golf team? Yes, UD has its own band of polo-wearing, club-carrying student athletes who compete against the familiar UD rivals such as Hendrix, this past week’s opponent. However, this season’s roster is not so familiar. With the departure of team MVP, Brady Bulmanski (2011 graduate), and the temporary absence of the low-scoring Marcos Martinez (currently in Rome), returning seniors Collin Puthoff and Jarred Priester and sophomore Reid Hansen welcomed three freshmen to the team – the future of Crusader Golf: Stephan Jasper, Alex Meza and Jared Thorn.
After just one team practice (due to course closure), UD’s best-dressed squad headed to Arkansas on Tuesday for a head-to-head match against the Hendrix Warriors. After six hours on the bus and a 6:30 a.m. wake-up call, the golf team teed off the season at Stone Links Golf Course in Little Rock on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Battling against high winds and the occasional drizzle, the young Crusader team fought with purpose but came up short in a loss against the Warriors. Leading the crusade, freshman standout Jasper turned in the team’s low score while Puthoff, Hansen, Thorn, Meza, and Priester followed respectively in scoring for a calculated team total of 354.
Although UD’s performance in Arkansas was not strong enough to secure victory, the team’s competitive spirit has been ignited and expectations levied. Balanced between the rigors of UD classes and studying, the up-and-coming Crusaders will be led by Coach Jarred Samples and team captain Puthoff in forming its identity on the driving range and rolling pastures of Las Colinas Country Club. While the team may be young in age and experience in comparison to past seasons, each individual has demonstrated a strong resolve to practice, improve and form a more cohesive unit for the newly inaugurated season. When commenting on the Hendrix match, freshman Jasper stated: “We just need some time to practice, even going three days without hitting balls can leave you struggling to find a groove.” It is with this in mind that the team now embarks on the journey that will find six of UD’s student-athletes practicing until the sun sets and grinding it out on multi-day tournaments located in Texas, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Bring it on.