Golf puts GLIAC loss behind them

By Taylor Syring

Last weekend, the NMU golf team dipped into Bath, Mich. for the GLIAC Golf Championship.
Facing environmental delays throughout the weekend, the ’Cats finished last out of 12 teams in the conference.

Of all the NMU sports, golf was the first with a GLIAC Championship this year.
Head coach Dean Ellis said he was disappointed with the results of last weekend’s competition because it was the last tournament of the fall season.

Ellis said he hopes for improvement in the spring season.

“We had hoped to finish somewhere toward the middle of the pack last weekend, and we didn’t play well enough to do that,” Ellis said.

With some time off now, the team can get away from playing and come back focused on winning for the spring season.

“We don’t play again until early spring, so we will start preparing again after Christmas time,” Ellis said.
Ellis said he wants the team to become more consistent and for the players to be more successful in the future.

“We had some very good performances throughout the season. It was just that, unfortunately, we were not consistent enough this season,” Ellis said.

Ellis said that he expects more out of himself and his team and is excited for the second part of the season.

“This spring, hopefully we’ll get some more consistent plays from our No. 1 man through our No. 5 man.”

The tournament started off with a fog delay on Saturday and was delayed again until the following day, from darkness due to the late start.

The team finished its round of golf on Monday. Sophomore Jared Reid was on his 35th hole when the delay was called.

“It was difficult because we ran out of sunlight and had to go back out in the morning. We also had to play our final round,” Reid said.

The Wildcats played in four tournaments this fall season and finished 13 of 13 at the Saginaw Valley Invite, 10 of 13 at the Northwood Invite, 27 of 27 at Regionals and 12 of 12 at the GLIAC Championships.

“For the last competition, the team goal was to play to the teams full potential,” Reid said.
“We all sort of had a number in our mind, and the goal was just to reach that number,” Reid said
Reid said the ’Cats were not quite where they wanted to be for any real substantial amount of time.

“We all didn’t reach that goal. We all flirted with it sometime throughout the season but we didn’t put it all together this weekend, which is really unfortunate,” Reid said.

Despite placing low in the tournaments this season, Reid said that the golf team had great chemistry.
“We all get along very well. We spend a lot of time together. We have good team chemistry, and we’re all best friends,” Reid said.

Reid said the team is looking forward to some bonding time over the next few weeks.

“We all look forward to the weekends to spend time with these guys, and we’re looking forward to the spring season as well,” Reid said.

Sophomore Michael Murphy said that the team wishes to improve its performance and to continue to have a great time competing together in the spring season.

“Were hoping to improve, hoping to do better at the spring tournaments, hoping to have just as much fun,” Murphy said.

Murphy said he knows the importance of the team doing better and for the team place higher, he has to continue doing well.

“Individually, I want to finish in the top 10 at most of the tournaments,” Murphy said.

The golf team will start fresh again in the spring. Its first tournament of the winter semester is the Regional 2 –– Cherry Blossom on March 30, in Georgetown, Ky.