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.