Athlete of the Week: Stephen Montgomery

Rachel Smith

Staff Writer

Since 2007, when it won its first Heartland Conference Athletic Conference tournament title, Transylvania’s golf team has been a force to be reckoned with in the league. Contributing to that is junior Stephen Montgomery, who is averaging 77.3 shots per round.

“Stephen really works hard on his golf game during the offseason,” head coach Brian Lane said. “He is constantly trying to find ways to make all the different aspects of his game better. He is playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

Junior Stephen Montgomery is averaging 77.3 shots per round and has made the Pioneers a force on the links.

Since Lane’s arrival with the golf program, the team has won five straight titles and is looking on to the sixth.

“This is the best opportunity to win a national championship, and we will accomplish that by being more prepared than our competition, putting in more time and being mentally stronger than anyone else,” Montgomery said. “Our team is very talented this year, and with a little luck we have a great shot at winning.”

Montgomery has some credit to take for the team’s success as well.

“He is not the longest hitter we have on the team by any stretch, but he has a real knack for knowing what shot he wants to play and visualizing that shot before he actually is able to pull it off,” Lane said.

Montgomery plans to take this ability into the postseason, hoping that he can continue to improve his play enough to represent Transy’s team in May at nationals.

“My season has gone well, but I still need to improve to compete on the national level in May,” Montgomery said. “With this past victory and a solid start to the spring season, I am in a good position to play well down the stretch.”

Montgomery has shown this commitment to compete at a high level recently, scoring a 152 in the Hanover College Invitational April 1. With this score, Montgomery helped the team to its second straight first-place finish, following the College of Mount St. Joseph Invitational the previous weekend.

“He has positioned himself to be an important part of our team,” Lane said. “We really have several players that could be in our top five, and I think that the competition has made everyone better, including Stephen. He had a great tournament in Cincinnati at Mount St. Joseph and shot his lowest rounds of the year.”

And according to Lane, this is no small feat.

“When you can play a two-day tournament at 4 under par and set a tournament record, you have to feel good about your game,” Lane said. “He was able to play well with the tournament lead all of day two and should be able to use that experience as we move forward with the season.”

Since 2007, when it won its first Heartland Conference Athletic Conference tournament title, Transylvania’s golf team has been a force to be reckoned with in the league. Contributing to that is junior Stephen Montgomery, who is averaging 77.3 shots per round.

“Stephen really works hard on his golf game during the offseason,” head coach Brian Lane said. “He is constantly trying to find ways to make all the different aspects of his game better. He is playing with a lot of confidence right now.”

Since Lane’s arrival with the golf program, the team has won five straight titles and is looking on to the sixth.

“This is the best opportunity to win a national championship, and we will accomplish that by being more prepared than our competition, putting in more time and being mentally stronger than anyone else,” Montgomery said. “Our team is very talented this year, and with a little luck we have a great shot at winning.”

Montgomery has some credit to take for the team’s success as well.

“He is not the longest hitter we have on the team by any stretch, but he has a real knack for knowing what shot he wants to play and visualizing that shot before he actually is able to pull it off,” Lane said.

Montgomery plans to take this ability into the postseason, hoping that he can continue to improve his play enough to represent Transy’s team in May at nationals.

“My season has gone well, but I still need to improve to compete on the national level in May,” Montgomery said. “With this past victory and a solid start to the spring season, I am in a good position to play well down the stretch.”

Montgomery has shown this commitment to compete at a high level recently, scoring a 152 in the Hanover College Invitational April 1. With this score, Montgomery helped the team to its second straight first-place finish, following the College of Mount St. Joseph Invitational the previous weekend.

“He has positioned himself to be an important part of our team,” Lane said. “We really have several players that could be in our top five, and I think that the competition has made everyone better, including Stephen. He had a great tournament in Cincinnati at Mount St. Joseph and shot his lowest rounds of the year.”

And according to Lane, this is no small feat.

“When you can play a two-day tournament at 4 under par and set a tournament record, you have to feel good about your game,” Lane said. “He was able to play well with the tournament lead all of day two and should be able to use that experience as we move forward with the season.”

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