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Eagle golf teams on course


April 04, 2018

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It is that time of year where everything seems to just hit a wall. Another basketball season has come and gone, baseball is getting into the midway stretch, spring football practice is nearing the end, and final exams for students are under a month away. But there is one thing that will push me through the month: Golf. The month of April is a big golf month for those of us in Southeast Georgia, you know, with that big tournament called the Masters just an hour or so up the road in Augusta. But for Georgia Southern, April is also a big month. With the Schenkel past us, the Eagles will soar into the final stretches of the season in April, with hopes of competing for a Sun Belt title, and a trip to the NCAA regionals and championships. For many of you readers, you probably don’t have much insight to golf at the collegiate level, but lucky for you I happen to be a former competitive golfer who has a pretty good eye for college golf.

Men’s Golf

As aforementioned, the season is right in the thick of things. For those of you who don’t know, NCAA golf is a sport that takes place in both the fall and spring. Some other sports may play exhibitions in the offseason, but for golf there is not really a designated offseason, as the tournaments in both fall and spring affect rankings and standings. The Eagles however, have performed quite well thus far this year. In their six tournaments, the team has finished in the top 5 four times, including a win at Georgia State’s home tournament in Atlanta. In that tournament, the five golfers for Georgia Southern collectively shot a score of 24 under par, which was remarkable, as they won by 17 shots. All of these tournaments put together have Georgia Southern ranked 65th in the nation according to Golfstat.com. Now, 65th in the nation may not seem too great, but keep in mind there are about 300 Division 1 programs, so the Eagles are in the top 20 percent in the nation.

Part of this success is due to Steven Fisk, who is certainly leading the team on the course. According to Golfstat rankings, Fisk is the No. 10 individual in the nation, and currently is sixth in the Arnold Palmer Cup standings. Fisk has been playing lights out, recording top 10 finishes consistently. Even if Georgia Southern does not receive a bid to NCAA regionals, I do not see how Fisk does not at least garner an individual bid. Just to highlight his play, in the Georgia State tournament in which the Eagles won, Fisk carded rounds of 66-66-65 for a three day total of 197 on his way to winning the individual competition. This broke the school record by six shots, a record that had stood since 1975. Fisk shows no signs of slowing down as we gear up for the last two tournaments of the regular season.

Gearing up for the Sun Belt tournament at the Sandestin resort, the Eagles look primed to seek revenge. After dropping the championship match against Georgia State, the team returns all but one player from the team last year, which bodes well. The team will be one of the favorites, with Arkansas State ranking 66th in the nation, essentially level with Georgia Southern compared to the rest of the field. My take on the course, The Raven Golf Club, is that the though one may be in Miramar Beach, less than a mile from the Gulf of Mexico, it will not feel like it. The Robert Trent Jones course uses the pines and water to make both an aesthetically pleasing course, as well as a challenging one. I believe the Eagles will be able to look past the pines we are oh, so accustomed to in South Georgia and find their way to victory.

Women’s Golf

The Lady Eagles are still young, as they are only in their third season as a program, but have certainly made strides. This year started slow for the team, as they struggled to find a top 10 finish in the first few starts of the season, but with a second place finish at Wofford’s tournament, as well as a top five at Texas State’s tournament and a top 10 at College of Charleston’s event, the team began to climb the rankings. As of now, they currently sit around the 150 mark according to Golfstat. The team has three tournaments left in the regular season, including stops in Kennesaw, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and the Sun Belt Tournament in Sandestin.

The Sun Belt tournament for the ladies will be at the same course as the men’s tournament (The Raven Golf Club). For the ladies to have a chance at reaching the NCAA regionals, it will take nothing short of a victory at the Sun Belt Tournament, which is definitely possible, but will take some lights out playing from the team. The Sun Belt conference is not as strong in women’s golf as it is men’s, but teams like Coastal Carolina and Texas State will be bringing their A-game in hopes of an at-large bid even if they do not come away with the conference title.

The great thing about being a new program is we as fans get to see the progression of the players. The Lady Eagles do not have a senior on the roster, and will likely return everyone on the team next year. That being said, if the team is unable to bring home a conference title, it is a good thing to see the improvement of the team as a whole.

So, though the April showers may bring May flowers, I hope your April is showered with birdies, for both our Eagles as well as for any of you fellow golfers. In the meantime, enjoy the resurgence of Tiger Woods (he’s back, I can feel it), the drama of Amen Corner on Sunday at the Masters, and the 6-foot putts that are worth a buck or two at the country club blitz games.

Side note: If anyone has the awesome opportunity to go to the Masters and feels so inclined to find a way to ship a dozen signature Augusta pimento cheese sandwiches to Orlando, I would be more than happy to provide an address!


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