The GC men’s golf team kickstarted their season as they competed in the Matlock Intercollegiate in Lakeland, FL on Feb. 12 and 13.
Last season, the Bobcats finished 4th in the Peach Belt Tournament. This year, the expectations are high, and they plan to make a big push in the conference.
“For us to be successful this year, we are going to need to do something magical within the Peach Belt,” said head coach Patrick Garrett.
The golf team plays against the top competition in all of their tournaments each week. Only two of the teams six tournaments will not have one of the top four teams in the country.
“Every week is a challenge to compete and put ourselves in position for the end of the year,” Garrett said. “There’s no room for error with the competition we’re going to face, but we have a lot of talent on this team.”
Not only do the Bobcats have talent, but they also have a close bond with one another. They share a camaraderie that runs deeper than just playing golf.
“We have each others back, and we’re brothers,” said senior Thomas Hodges. “We always go out to eat, play basketball or almost anything where we can be competitors.”
A big challenge for the golf team is the back-to-back tournaments for a five-week span. They hope to continue to improve throughout the season and stay motivated despite the traveling and constant tournaments, practice and academics.
“We’re going to need to keep our energy level up,” Hodges said. “We can’t get tired, and we need to stay healthy.”
The Bobcats still want to improve their golf game as they progress through the spring season. They intend to be consistent and focused as they aim for high accolades.
“We hit the ball off the tee well, and we keep it in play,” said senior Justin Connelly. “We just need to improve our short game and sink the putts.”
As the golf teams progresses throughout the spring season. They have an array of mottos and rules they live by. However, one drives them harder than the rest.
“If you want to be the best, you gotta beat the best,” Garrett said.