The Forester men’s golf team finished out their fall season in style, placing second on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Invitational in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Tangled in a three-way tie for second place out of 9 teams, the team registered a total score of 456.
Senior Devin Dale paced the Foresters shooting 72 on the first 18 holes, eventually finishing with a score of 111. Junior Lance Hoch finished one stroke behind Dale, carding an impressive 35 on the final nine holes. Derek Zurcher recorded a 114, Ryan Boester tallied a 120, with Zach Borntreger rounding out the team score with 123. Zach Herber finished with an individual score of 142. The originally 36-hole outing was cut short by nine holes due to darkness.
After a successful fall season the golf team is looking to make some improvements for the upcoming spring season.
“Now that we are able to have a little break, we are able to get both mentally and physically prepared for our spring season, which is our main season,” Zurcher said. “Getting ready for our conference tournament and focusing on what it will take to win will be our main focus over the off season.”
Head coach Mark Green believes that with improved scores the team’s confidence will peak their performance.
“Going into the spring season we are looking to improve our scores,” Green said. “We had a successful fall season. Their confidence is getting better. They are starting to believe that we can compete against some of the other schools.”
Dale is excited to see each player improve and get his scores closer to where they should be in order to compete for a conference title. As the team moves forward, they are looking to become more consistent with their scores in order to contend with conference rivals.
“It’s all about staying in the moment, playing one shot at a time, and grinding it out for 18 holes over the course of 6 hours or so,” Dale said. “Everyone on the team has shown significant improvements in their game. To continue to get better though, we have to be more consistent. Four scores under 80 is going to be competitive in every tournament.”
The team finishes out the season with a final record of 17-18-3.