Men’s golf ends fall season, looks to spring for improvement

By Sean Anderson

Men’s golf concluded the fall season with a ninth-place showing at the Pinetree Intercollegiate.

The Huskies started their season with a disappointing 11th-place finish at the Northern Intercollegiate. Their first half of the season was filled with more disappointment than joy as their best finish was a 7th-place finish at the John Dallio Memorial.

Coach Tom Porten said the first half of the season was poor but the team improved at the end.

“It was a disappointing start to the season; we didn’t play really well in the first couple tournaments,” Porten said. “We started to play a little bit better in the second half of the season beginning with the last round at Illinois State. We ended the season with a better sense of what kind of potential we have, especially with our last round in Atlanta.”

Senior Griffin Bauman has been the leader for the Huskies on the course and is happy with his play, but not on a team level.

“Personally, I think I played pretty solid,” Bauman said. “Usually I was pretty consistent with my scoring. [I have] not been happy with the team play. Everyone including myself can do a lot better and improve on their scoring. We need to get prepared in the offseason for the spring season.”

Porten explained one moment that will highlight the first half of the season for him:

“The best memory of the first half was when Griffin Bauman … was battling his way down the stretch at DePaul to win his first college tournament,” Porten said. “He didn’t end up doing it but he finished in a very close second. It was a very fun tournament to watch.”

The emphasis for the team members is working on various areas for the upcoming season.

“Me, personally, and you can say for the whole team, we need to work on the short game,” Bauman said. “That’s really where you can get a lot of shots in your game. We are going to work really hard in the offseason over at Rich Harvest where they have a great indoor facility for us to work on our short game. With a lot of seniors on the team we will be motivated to do well.”

The main goal for Bauman and the Huskies is to come out on top.

“For me, personally, I want to get my scoring average below 73 and win a tournament individually,” Bauman said. “Our team our goal is to improve on our stats in scrambling and greens hit. Another goal is to win a tournament and in the end … win the MAC championship.”