Thursday, April 12, 2012

Coker Golf Team Prepares for Conference

The Coker Cobras are preparing for the 2012 Conference Carolinas Golf Championship. The tournament takes place April 22-24 at Woodlake Country Club in Vass, NC.

Last year, the Cobras finished in 2nd place by 10 shots to conference rival Queens University. The Cobras have never won a conference title since moving to the Conference Carolinas.

Seniors Diego Polo, from Guatemala City, Guatemala and Jared Crane from Greenville, South Carolina, will have their last chance to win a conference title. Their freshman year was the closest Coker has come to winning a conference title, losing by 2 shots to Barton College.

After being ranked 5th in the preseason rankings, the Cobras are looking to use this ranking as motivation for a 1st place finish. With no tournament titles this year, the Cobras are looking for a victory at the right time, and hopefully extending their season to the Regional tournament in May.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Coker Golf Preparing for Bulldog Invitational

The Coker men's golf team will be competiting in the Bulldog Invitational on March 19-20, 2012. The tournament is hosted by Barton College and takes place on the 6,851 yard, par 72, Wilson Country Club.

Par 3 11th hole at Wilson Country Club

The last time the Cobras competed in this event was in 2010 where the team finished 4th. Jake Murphy hopes to regain some of his good play at this event with a 10th place finish in 2010.

The team is currently going through qualifying to find the best 5 players to compete in the Bulldog Invitational. With the season almost halfway over the Cobras are looking for a strong finish to improve their regional rankings.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Magnolia Invitational

The Coker College golf team completed play in the Magnolia Invitational on March 13, 2012. The Cobras finished in 5th place, while the overall champion was UNC Pembroke.

The tournament was hosted by Newberry College and had a strong field. There were 3 of the top 25 teams in the nation competing in this event. The Magnolia Invitational took place on Orangeburg Country Club, in Orangeburg, SC.

Leading the Cobras was freshman Chris Fuga, from Pennsylvania, with a t15 finish. Sophomore Josh Clay, from Ohio, finished t20 with Junior Jake Murphy, from New Jersey . Rounding out the Cobras were Luke Coates from South Carolina with a t30 finish and Matt Kreider from Ohio with a t40 finish.

Up next for the Cobras is the Bulldog Invitational hosted by Barton College in Wilson, NC.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Mental Toughness of Qualifying

To compete in a college golf tournament you have to earn your spot. On the Coker men's golf team there are 10 members. There are only 5 spots available for each tournament which means players have to go through a mentally challenging qualifying experience.

Qualifying takes up the teams weekend because throughout the week there is not enough daylight to complete 18 holes. While some students are letting loose and relaxing, others are going head to head against friends and teammates to try and earn a spot on the traveling squad. There are no friends once the first tee shot is hit in qualifying. Everyone is trying to earn a spot which adds suspense all the way until the final shot.

72 holes of golf determined the traveling squad for the first tournament of the 2012 Spring season. After 72 holes the scores were close, but the top 5 had separated themselves from the field. Traveling to Savannah, GA for the AASU Pirate Invitational are Josh Clay (OH), Chris Fuga (PA), Jake Murphy (NJ), Matt Kreider (OH), and Luke Coates (SC).

The tournament began yesterday February 27 which started with a rain delay until 2:30 p.m. It has been shortened from 54 holes to 27 holes because of the amount of rainfall.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Golfweek Invitational

The Spring season has begun! Following a long 8 hour drive in the Coker athletic bus, the Cobras’ men’s golf team is beginning to prepare for the Golfweek Division II Invitational in Reunion, FL. The tournament is taking place at the beautiful Independence Course designed by the famous golfer Tom Watson. For all the Cobra golf fans, will have live scoring so you can follow the team.
The Coker 5 consists of three seniors: Chris Marsh, Jimmy Gilliam, and Jay Goldenberg. Also two freshmen are teeing it up for the tournament beginning Sunday: Jake Murphy and Ben Conroy. Make sure you follow along on as the Cobras shoot for a big victory.

Golfweek Invitational Field:

Barton College
California State University - Chico
California State University Monterey
Carson Newman College
Clayton State University
Coker College
Dixie State College
Grand Canyon University
Lander University
Lynn University
Nova Southeastern University
Queens University
Rollins College
St. Edwards University
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Indianapolis
University of West Florida
Washburn University

Stay tuned for the results!

Jared Crane

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chris Marsh- A Cobra Golf Great

Every day at golf practice is a learning experience. The Coker men’s golf team is loaded with talent from all different parts of the world. Today I was able to play with one of the greats in Coker golf history. He goes by the name of Chris Marsh, from Georgetown, SC. I really enjoy his company on and off the golf course because I can learn from his experiences. Chris has won 4 collegiate golf tournaments and still has a semester of great play left. He also holds the low round record at Coker College with a course record 64 at Kiawah Island’s Cougar Point in Kiawah Island, SC. In the 2008-2009 seasons, Chris was named the Men’s Conference Carolinas golfer of the year.

Not only has he achieved much success in the collegiate golf scene, he has also reached the top level of amateur golf. In August of 2009, Chris competed in the men’s U.S. Amateur golf championship, which was held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. It is nice to have someone who has accomplished so much like Chris to play and compete with everyday. This makes our team stronger and a force to be reckoned with.

Chris will be leaving Coker College this coming May and his presence will be missed. But … he still has a few tournaments left at Coker to help lead our team to more victories. Mr. Marsh has a very bright future ahead of him, and I would like to wish him the best of luck.

Please stay tuned for my next blog!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Spring = Success

As the weather starts to get better for our spring golf season, the scores are dropping. The Cobra men’s golf team is looking forward to a successful season with one of the strongest schedules in school history. Qualifying has begun and low numbers have already been posted. To start the qualifying, freshman Ben Conroy fired a blistering 66 to take the lead. Senior Jimmy Gillam was back to his normal solid play, with a round of 68. The competition is stiff for the four available traveling squad spots that will be determined from these 18 hole qualifying rounds.

Along with 18 hole qualifying, we are also competing in 9 hole red tee matches where the short game is strongly emphasized. The overall winner from the 5 red tee matches will receive the final spot on the traveling squad. Playing from the red tees allows us to hit our tee shots around the green. We are then faced with all types of short game shots. This is great preparation for our first tournament of the season – the Golfweek Invitational in Orlando, FL, February 7-9. I would like to add that, in the red tee matches, two rounds of 30 were shot by freshmen Ben Conroy and Jake Murphy.

Also, many thanks to the participants in the raffle fundraiser. It was a great success and has allowed us to afford much needed amenities.

Stay tuned for my next entry!