Pranathi Chitta
Mercury Staff

Coaches, players cite need for improvement in performance going into spring

The men’s golf team closed out their fall season on Oct. 22 at the ASC preview where they placed seventh overall.

The Comets played four tournaments this season from Sept. 9-Oct. 22 placing sixth, fourth, ninth, and seventh. The average team score for the season was 305.11, with total scores ranging from 878-601 across the four tournaments and nine rounds. The Comets scored 601 points total as a team at the ASC preview, the lowest of the season. 

“We have a lot of work to do,” Head Men’s Golf Coach Butch Edge said.

Edge said the team did not play as well as he hoped this season due to the way tournaments were scheduled.

“I think October was a little tougher because it was the first season we’ve played three tournaments in October,” Edge said. “The ones that were right in the middle are more my fault than theirs because of midterms and projects due then. It’s tough to be out with the demands of golf, especially traveling to New York.”

The Comets played in the Saratoga National Invitational in Saratoga Springs, NY on Oct. 12-13, where they placed ninth. Senior golf player Jacob Rockefeller said although he didn’t feel they played their best, they now have a good idea of how to improve their skills for the spring.

“We’re going to get stronger this offseason and work on the things we’re going to work on so we can come back in the spring and try and win the conference championship,” he said.

Rockefeller had an average of 78.67 this season with his lowest total score of 150 (75-75) at the ASC Preview in Brownwood, TX. He placed 23rd at this tournament, and despite consistently improving scores during the season, he said he struggled with keeping the ball in play.

“I had a lot of big numbers on holes so I just need to keep it in play and manage my misses better,” he said.

Rockefeller is team captain this year and it will be his last year on the team.

“I really think the thing I’ve improved on the most in the past four years is mentally, I used to be weak. I’d let small things bother me, but now I’m working on more control and keeping a good mindset,” Rockefeller said.

The Comets hope to come back stronger and better next season in the spring, Edge said.

“It’s just a matter of consistency,” he said. “We either play the first time terribly and we come closing on the second round and it’s too late, or we play the first round great and the second round great. I’m excited when the spring comes around and make some changes and hopefully improve.”