Frustrating season finally comes to end for golf team
By Jeremy Schilling
“The team that is now finished for the fall season needs to get some weight training done and begin to prepare for the spring season and the conference tournament. Expect a better showing in the spring.” Those are the words of Head Coach John O’Connor after what must be considered a disappointing fall season for the Quinnipiac Bobcats golf team. It was not long ago that this team had a very successful campaign during the fall 2006, putting out consistent team and individual efforts.
However, aside from one strong individual effort, the team did not play very well at all. They finished 16 out of 18, 7 out of 9, 22 out of 26, 10 out of 12 and 17 out of 42 teams for each of their fall tournaments. Towards the bottom in every one – not exactly what they were looking for.
They were victims of inconsistent play – one day someone was good, but everyone else wasn’t – and then that player came back the next week and couldn’t keep up the good play.
Let’s go through a season of disappointment through the Coach’s quote book. The frustration started early in the season after the first event at Rutgers University. “Unfortunately the only golfer to step up was Ian O’Connor. The other guys did not handle the easy course at Rutgers. There was nothing hard about the course. The fairways, roughs and greens were very green and soft and posed no challenge. The course was not long and the greens were not protected by bunkers, trees or water. Everyone should have scored low.”
After the Dartmouth Invitational on September 23 it didn’t get any better, when Coach O’Connor stated that “overall the scores were weak.”
And the end of the season wasn’t any better, with Coach O’Connor bemoaning after the season ending New England Championships that “…you can’t win with one good scorer.”
The lone bright spot, for only a week, however, of this fall season was Ian O’Connor’s even par round in the final round of the Rutgers Invitational, which helped propel him to finish 4th overall in the individual part of the tournament. The round helped earn him to the honor of NEC Male Golfer of the Week for September 19, 2007.
Looking forward, this team needs to practice very hard and regain their focus if they want to return to being the true contender that they were in 2006, according to O’Connor. Weight training not only will help them hit the ball farther, but help to elevate the ball out of the thick rough that they seemingly have been hitting into way too much.