Quinnipiac Golf Readies for Spring Season
By Jeremy Schilling
After having a long cold, wet winter to think about their disappointing fall play, the Quinnipiac Bobcats Men’s Golf team is ready to start anew for the Spring 2008 season with visions of a championship.
Earlier this year, the Bobcats were picked 7th in the Preseason Northeast Conference Coaches Poll. The first six teams are, in order, Central Connecticut State, Sacred Heart, Mount St. Saint Francis (Pa.), and Long Island University. Following the Bobcats in the poll are Robert Morris, Fairleigh Dickinson, Wagner and St. Francis (N.Y.). Head Coach John O’Connor summed up the Bobcats placement in the Poll by saying, “The ranking is about where I expected us to be. The other teams are just better than we are.”
The Bobcats will be looking for a bunch of players to step up this semester to help them return to their form of Fall 2006. Coach O’Connor said that “Ian O’Connor is one of the best golfers in the conference but still has some bad days on the course; we need him to perform well every time out. Jayson Loranger has some great potential but needs to stay focused for the entire round. Charlie Niland has done very well in junior tournaments but if he can adjust to college golf, [he] has some great potential. Brady Giroux is our most steady golfer that can go low.”
Their spring season begins this weekend at the George Washington Invitational at the Bear Trap Dunes course in Bethany Beach, DE. Coach O’Connor’s prediction for the weekend? “This weekend will be tough as we have only had a few days on the golf course and our tempo and timing will need some time to develop. I do continue to have very high hopes and expectations for the kids.” Play begins at 9 a.m.