Bobcats Have the Summer to Reflect on Disappointing Spring Season
By Jeremy Schilling
“The golf team worked extremely hard and stands to be the favorite to place first in the NEC Championship tournament in May 2007.” Those were the words of Quinnipiac Bobcats Head Coach John O’Connor at the conclusion of the 2007 fall golf season. Unfortunately for the team, with one exception, their stellar play of the fall failed to transfer over to the spring. And even as the weather warmed up, the shots did not, culminating in a finish in the NEC Championships that they’d rather forget about. Head Coach John O’Connor and his players now have over 100 days to think about what they need to do to return to the strong form with which they started off the 2006-2007 school year.
Individually, one Bobcat can look back at the spring and have a big ol’ smile: Steve Velardi. His victory at the rain-shortened Northeast Invitational on April 27th was the lone victory of any kind for the Bobcats, and one that he’ll look back on with happy thoughts now that he is a Quinnipiac alum.
In a season hampered at the start by cold weather, there weren’t many bright spots. Starting with the spring opener at Monmouth, the Bobcats finished 8th, 10th, 13th, 10th, 5th, 4th, and finally 8th in the NEC Conference Championship to close out the season.
On the bright side, as the coach and players look towards the fall, they can take solace in the fact that they have a relatively young team that seems loaded with talent. Only Velardi graduated, and a majority of the team will be sophomores and juniors.
Coach O’Connor, in his analysis of the spring said, “We need to focus on our short game and not worry about bombing the ball for distance and inevitably finding your ball in the woods or worse, the fairway traps. The kids are young and learned a great deal from this experience. Steve Velardi will be missed next year but we have a great group of kids coming back.”
It will be interesting to see come September how well this team rebounds from the adversity of the spring and if the short games Coach talked about have indeed improved.