Golf finishes fall season, looks to improve

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The University of Dallas men’s golf team wrapped up their fall season play with a two-day tournament hosted by Texas A&M-Commerce Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The Crusaders finished 14th out of 15 teams that attended the tournament.

“This [tournament] was similar to the rest of the fall season in that we made similar mistakes,” Head Coach Garrett Smith said. “We haven’t capitalized on the par fives all season, and have had a hard time avoiding the big numbers. Even with that, I was really proud at the way we grinded as a team. I think it was pretty evident that no one really had their best stuff this week. But we were able to scrap together some good rounds and even set some career lows.”

Among UD golfers who set personal records was sophomore Thomas Schuberg, who finished day two with a personal best 72 strokes and tied for 20th place out of 80 contestants. Junior Matthew Nickel joined him in setting a career low of 77 strokes on the second day, which earned him an overall 69th place finish.

Schuberg reflected on the team’s struggles at last week’s tournament and throughout the whole season as motivation to do better in their spring season.

“At the end of the day, it wasn’t the season any of us were hoping for,” Schuberg said. “With the new freshmen and the returning players, we were expecting to scare the leaders at some of these tournaments, but we were never able to come together and perform well as a team. Sure, individually we all had some good streaks, but with the amount of time and effort we put into practice, we should have performed at higher levels much more consistently. Hopefully we can get it together and become a threat in the spring portion of the season.”

Smith, although clearly critical of his team’s performance throughout the fall, sees a bright future for UD golf.

“Moving forward into the off-season I think that we have identified the areas in which we must improve to get better collectively,” Smith said. “We can shed shots just by having a bit better course management. Couple that with continued improvement with our games themselves, and we can really see some improvement in the spring. I really look forward to where this group can go. We have a bunch of determined hardworking guys that will do whatever it takes to get better. We can’t wait to see that improvement and get better each and every day.”

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