Men's golf travels to Iowa
Published 4/13/2012Comments (0)
The WSU men’s golf team will compete in the Hawkeye-TaylorMade Invitational in Iowa this weekend.
“This will be a complete change for us,” Men’s Golf Coach Garrett Clegg said. “We’ve been, for the most part, predominantly in the West…this is the first opportunity to really broaden our competitive base of who we play against this year.”
Last tournament, the Cougars finished in 12th place at the U.S. Intercollegiate. The team is hoping to improve upon the disappointing finish of the last tournament.
“We didn’t have as good of a road trip as we would have liked to have had this last tournament,” Clegg said. “But I think we are playing pretty good golf. This last event at Stanford, we played against the best teams in the country, and we were right there with a lot of good teams coming down the stretch and just didn’t quite finish. I’m excited to see how we respond against teams we don’t normally see.”
Clegg has played the same players throughout the Cougars tournaments this season, and the line-up will be the same, with senior Trent Sanders, freshman Michael Anderson, junior Hank Frame, sophomore Kent Hagen, and senior Branden Dalton.
This is the final tournament for the Cougars before the Pac-12 Championships. The team will send six golfers, with the rest of the team competing for the final spot to play in the tournament.
“I think mentally, we are in a pretty good place,” Clegg said. “We’ve got some belief; I think we just need to be a little bit sharper. We are still making a few errors; I don’t think it’s as much mental as it is technical. Technically, we need to be just a little bit better in our short game, I think we are prepared to play well against really good teams.”
Six Pac-12 teams are in the top 12 of the NCAA men’s golf rankings, and two other teams are receiving votes to be ranked in the top 25. Along with some of the great teams that the Cougars will be competing against this week, the team will face a lot of good teams in the next two weeks. But the Cougars have confidence that they can beat any team they tee it up against.
“I think we can beat a lot of teams that are ranked above us, because I think we are a pretty good team right now,” Clegg said.