Billy King’s message to his IPFW golf team has gotten through, loud and clear.
I think we’re all aware that the team is extremely talented, and that we can compete with anybody, any time, on any golf course, sophomore Jake Groninger said.
A touch of bravado? Perhaps. But for the fifth-year coach, the glass isn’t just half-full; the thing is over the top – which is where King’s expectations lie.
Am I being a little overconfident in the fact that I think we can compete against Texas and Alabama? Probably not. But, have we become a top-100 team in the country according to Golfstat (ratings)? Absolutely. Can we win the Summit League conference and continue to build a more than competitive team every year? Absolutely. But I want the kids to understand it all starts with them believing, I am really good, and I can compete.’
So the Mastodons will venture to Turning Stone Resort in New York to do exactly that – compete with 10 other teams, including Army, Cincinnati, Memphis, Louisville, Villanova, Missouri and Delaware.
All five starters from last year’s team that finished fourth in the Summit League tournament return. IPFW will play five fall events, ending in early November, then resume in March with its spring schedule, which ends with the Summit League tournament April 22-23 in Primm, Nev.
Senior Drew Imel, who participated in this summer’s U.S. Amateur Championships, leads the pack of returnees with a 74.39 stroke average from last season. The other senior is Bruno Carvalho, who had a 74.69 average.
Others back from last year’s team are junior Patrick Kundereich, sophomore E.J. Tackett and Groninger.
Two weeks after playing in New York, IPFW will play in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate tournament in Indianapolis, hosted by Indiana University.
And the Mastodons will be teeing it up against teams from IU, Teas Tech, Ohio State, Butler, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Miami of Ohio.
No intimidation, Groninger says.
We know that we’re good, Groninger said. The other teams don’t know that we’re good.
Trine soccer picked 4th
Trine’s men’s soccer team was picked to finish fourth in the MIAA, according to the coaches’ poll. Hope was picked first. Trine was 13-5-2 last season.
Athlete of note
IPFW senior Tessa McGill was named Summit League volleyball player of the week for the sixth time in her career. McGill set a school record with 28 digs in a three-set match against Murray State in the season opener. She had 68 digs in the Mastodons’ first three matches.