The Randolph-Macon men’s golf team has tee’d it up and are preparing for their ODAC season.
After a 3rd place finish at the ODAC Championship Tournament last season, the men are back and looking stronger than ever. Returning a majority of their lineup, the team will be looking to improve their 3rd place finish and will be trying to win the ODAC Title.
So far this fall, they have a 10th, 11th, and 12th place finish to their name. However, at the VSGA State Championship, they finished in 4th place after the first day. They are also ahead of five schools that they will be seeing during springtime, including the Yellow Jackets’ rival Hampden-Sydney.
Three of the Yellow Jackets finished in the top 20 in the State Championship, including an even par 70 from sophomore Matt McDonagh. He also tied for 9th place out of 75 golfers in the first round of the Shenandoah University Invitational.
The Yellow Jacket caught up with junior Adam Tuttle about how the season has been going for the team. He praised how the team has bonded into a brotherhood, which he hopes will help correlate into great scores during the spring.
“We have done okay in tournaments, but I think now everyone is starting to find a groove,” Tuttle said.
He also spoke highly of the tournament that the team will be hosting in October at the Hanover Country Club. He said it was very important for the team to come to a course that they knew well.
“I think finishing the fall strong at home will give the team and myself confidence to go into the spring season guns blazing,” Tuttle said.
However, Tuttle also shared that the results are not always the most important thing to take away. He said the fall is a time to work on their game and remember that their coach is there to help them. Most important to the team is refining their game, and growing hungry for competition, as this will prepare them for a possible ODAC Title.
When asked about the most grueling part of the season, he spoke about balance.
“[It’s hard] coming back from summer and finding that happy medium where you can practice and stay sharp, but also finish your schoolwork, stay on top of your assignments, and achieve good grades,” Tuttle said.
The fall season is mostly enjoyment for the team. Tuttle reiterated the team’s love for competition and their strive for success.
“Being able to play golf and being a part of a team that has the same passion as you do, that’s the most enjoyable part of this team and this season,” Tuttle said.
With a lot of talent back from last year’s successful squad, there is no question that the team will be successful in the springtime.
However, only time will tell if they will be able to produce an ODAC title.
-Blake Saathoff ’17, Junior Sports Editor