The University of Dallas men’s golf team brought home their first win of the season with a 10-stroke victory over Hendrix College Sunday afternoon. It was the second day of competition for the two teams.
The Crusaders fell just short of victory on the first day, with 336 strokes to the visiting Warriors’ 333. Freshman Erik Hamm and sophomore Thomas Schuberg led the team with second and third place finishes, respectively.
“The first day of the event we really struggled,” head coach Garrett Smith said. “No one could really get anything going, and we finished really poorly. The course is really quite tough, and when you don’t have your best stuff it can really reach up and punish you, which is what happened to us.”
The next day, the five players were back on the same course to try to improve upon the previous day’s result.
Overall, the team improved by nine strokes, finishing the course with a total of 327 to Hendrix’s 337. Schuberg led the competition with a first place finish of 76 strokes, his second-lowest score of the season.
“On Sunday, we played a bit better at the top end which was the difference in our score,” Smith said. “Tommy played well, and really ground out a solid round. He looks to have turned a bit of a corner, and I believe that his best golf is out in front of him.”
Hamm made the top three for the second day in a row with 79 strokes, while the rest of the team all finished with scores below 90.
Smith was critical of their overall performance, but firmly believes that his players have what it takes to succeed.
“The rest of the team showed flashes of good golf, but wasn’t able to piece it together for a full 18 holes,” Smith said. “That is going to be our biggest hurdle moving forward. This team has more than enough talent to compete at a high level, but we have to be focused and able to play a complete round of golf.”
Smith’s expectations and demands on his players are high. He is not afraid to critique their play, but all criticism is directed toward improvement.
“We have a lot of work moving forward to get to where we want to be as a team, but I am confident that this bunch of guys can get there,” Smith said. “It is important that we take the good from this week and build upon it, but just as important is to learn from the mistakes and do our best to eliminate them in the future. If and when we do that, we will really start to see good results.”
The Crusaders will be on the course again next at the Stonetree Golf Club in Harker Heights, Texas, for two days of competition against the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The tournament begins on Monday, Oct. 10 and will conclude on Tuesday, Oct. 11.