Spring Welcomes Golf Teams’ Return
March 10, 2011 Leave a comment
by Abby Ferguson
Golf is back, and the two Transylvania golf teams are ready to play. The men and women are gearing up for another competitive spring schedule.
Since finishing second last fall in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, the women were just short of the NCAA Division III championships in May.
The final tournaments of the season will give the women time to prepare for next season. In early April the women will compete in the Centre College Invitational, followed by the Transy Invitational in mid-April.
“We will play in three or four tournaments to prepare our younger players for next year,” said head coach Mark Turner.
“Our spring season is much shorter,” said junior Megan Foley, “but it is a great opportunity to get our game back in gear after the winter and prepare for the summer, when we can really get some quality practice in.”
Transy returns its top two All-Conference players in Foley and fellow junior Janca Millett. Millett is studying abroad in Australia, so she will not be competing this spring.
After the winter, the women look forward to the spring season and are ready to start things up again.
“I can’t wait to be with my team again and start practicing,” Foley said. “I really enjoy tournament play, and it will be so nice get back in the swing of things with the golf season.”
“(We) have three new players committed for next year already and hope to have at least two additional or more pay deposits in the next couple weeks,” said Turner.
The women kick off their season the last week in March with the Northern Kentucky Spring Fling at the Perry Park (Ky.) Golf Resort.
The men are currently ranked No. 13 in the Nike and Golf World NCAA Division III poll. They have set themselves up for a chance to capture their fifth consecutive HCAC title, as well as their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA championships.
Junior Justin Tereshko, who is currently ranked No. 3 in the country in Division III, and sophomore Hunter Frazier are expected to make an impact this spring.
“If (Tereshko) can keep that pace up, along with 2010 All-American Hunter Frazier, we will be able to be very, very strong at the top of our lineup,” said head coach Brian Lane. “We have several guys battling right now for those next three spots.”
Over spring break, the men will be competing in the biggest tournament of the spring at the Jekyll Island Invitational in Georgia. Success in this tournament could boost their ranking.
The team will be working toward the HCAC championships in April, and the players hope to be at the top of their game come tournament time. Grabbing a Heartland Conference title would give the Pioneers an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships in Greensboro, N.C.
During the offseason, the men have a spent a lot of time at their practice facility, Man O’ War Golf.
“Because we have been very competitive the last four years, our players have had a very good work ethic in the offseason,” said Lane.
The men understand what they need to improve so they can be one of the top teams in the nation.
“Our par-5 scoring was outside the top 10, and if we can get our team average to inside the top five, then we will become one of the top teams in the nation,” said Tereshko.
“The men’s golf team has a decent shot, if not the best shot of any Transy sports team to win a national championship this year,” said Tereshko.