Consistency the key for BG men

Putting three good rounds together and hopefully beating some Mid-American Conference teams are two of the goals that the University Men’s Golf Team has for this weekend as they travel to Akron to participate in the FirstEnergy Intercollegiate.

For the past few weeks the team cannot seem to play up to par for all three rounds. They have recently overcome the first round curse of having high scores and then playing well the rest of the tournament. But last weekend, BG fell from fifth place to 12th place in the final round. BG coach Garry Winger looks forward to when his team will bring it altogether.

“After the first round, we could’ve won it if we had obviously played better. Now, we have to figure out how to put three rounds together,” Winger said earlier this week.

Winger added that the team has one more week to prepare for the MAC Championships and said that the Akron tournament at Firestone Country Club should be a good way to get the team ready for MAC competition.

“We’ve played well there in the past and hopefully we can get a good finish under our belt to have a positive note heading into the MAC tournament,” Winger said.

While concentrating on playing well all three rounds and trying to stay with the competition, the Falcons will also hopefully bring home a win. Jace Walker, sophomore, said he thinks the team can play as well as anyone and hopes to win the Akron tournament.

“It should be another good chance to play well and another chance to win, but we need to play better,” Walker said. “It’s a really good course and there are a lot of good teams there [at Firestone].”

14 teams will be competing in the tournament including: Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Western Kentucky and the University of Akron.

Winger added that the team that hosts the tournament is usually the team to beat. The Akron Zips placed sixth in last year’s tournament as the Falcons finished ninth so they are looking forward to beating their rank from 2005.

“This [past] weekend we proved that we can play with anyone in the MAC with our first round,” Walker said. “If we play how we’re able to, we can beat anyone.”

Winger agrees with Walker and said that the past few weeks have been stressful for the team because of finals coming up and the tough tournaments. But he said that he has a good group of golfers and that they can play well on any course.

“We are excited to play at Firestone because it’s a great facility and it’s a beautiful place,” Winger said. “We’re just going to have to put two good days together this weekend.”