The men’s golf team opened up its fall season in high fashion by winning the Midwest Collegiate Championship in Iowa with a team score of 606 Sept. 9.
Junior Lance Hoch paced the team, shooting a 75 one day and totaling a score of 147 which tied him for fifth place out of 49 golfers. Ryan Boester shot a solid 75 both days to finish in tenth place.
Head coach Mark Green has high hopes for the rest of the season.
“One of our goals for this season was to win a tournament, and we did it,” he said. “I know for sure we have improved from last year.”
Pleased to see the amount of commitment and confidence the team has this year, Green returns a majority of his roster. One such example of commitment Green mentioned was senior Ryan Boester’s decision not to play basketball in order to focus on golf.
“It’s that type of commitment that shows they are looking to improve and get better,” Green said. “This year I want them to be more competitive as a team. They’re disappointed when they don’t play well and that’s a good thing. I want them to improve in their own confidence.”
As the lone incoming freshman, Zach Borntreger has snagged the fifth man spot on the team.
“I’m very excited about playing in the fifth man spot,” he said. “Personally a goal I have for myself is that I really want to improve my scores. But even more important than that I would like to glorify God on the course and just be patient after a bad shot.”
Green praised Borntreger’s abilities and his room to improve.
“He’s very good at putting and is still working his power and his swing,” he said.
Senior Devin Dale said Borntreger will naturally improve as the season progresses.
“I think by the time spring comes around, after he’s got some tournaments under his belt, he should be helping us more because he’s got potential,” Dale said.
Green hopes that the team will be able to finish in the top four in the conference at the Crossroads League Championship in the spring.
“We know we can do it–it’s just a matter of staying at a high level the whole tournament and not just having one good round,” said Green.
The Foresters traveled to South Bend, Ind. and tied for 12th place with a team score of 653 at Bethel College’s Battle at Blackthorn Sept. 13. Boester led the Foresters with a score of 158, tying for 32nd out of 80 golfers.
The Foresters’ next match is the Saint Francis Fall Invitational Oct. 3-4.