Revisiting a Golf Course that Has Pained – Quinnipiac Plays in the Monmouth University Invitational
by Jeremy Schilling
It is not often that you get to go home from college, and still be able to watch one of your teams. So it was pure coincidence that while I was home on April 1st, Quinnipiac was competing in the Monmouth University Hawk Invitational at the Eagle Ridge Golf Club. It’s also super rare that I happened to know the golf course they were playing. But having played it four times, struggling in all four rounds, I was very excited at the prospect of being able to watch college golfers on a course I knew so well.
The conditions were rough – cold, dank, windy, with sprinkles of rain here and there. In just minutes you could tell these were not the best conditions for scoring nor comfort for the gallery members. Yet as a result, I saw some great play – players using spin to stop shots out of the rough or on upslopes, as well as hitting long tee shots, and making great putt. But there was some bad play – balls barely made contact with on heavy slopes and putts from short range missed.
But what stood out to my dad and me was the players’ swings. These players did not have the most technically sound swings – there were obvious swing faults to even somewhat trained eyes – but they stuck with them, and with remarkable consistency. They hit many shots right on line, leaving themselves excellent birdie chances. It was very evident they have grooved these sometimes flawed swings over years and years of preparation, practice, and performance to make them their OWN swings, and ones they can rely on under pressure.
Besides the performance of the players, the other thing that stood out to my dad and me on that day was how many gallery members showed up. Some were Monmouth fans who didn’t have much of a trip to make, but there were a couple of Sacred Heart fans and others from other teams who made the trip, braving the cold. It truly shows that even though the tournaments may be a long distance away, fans will always follow their children and their teams, demonstrating the devotion we expect of true sports fans.