April 11, 2013
This past week at Bradley's home tournament was a battle against the golf course and windy weather conditions. We played a course that opened just days prior to our tournament rounds and, as we expected, was in poor condition. But we can't complain because everyone plays the same course and putts on the same [shag carpet] greens. We were forced to keep our composure if we caught a bad break. If not, the course would be the winner at the end of the day.
Every single guy on the team hit the ball exceptionally well which is a confidence booster as we move on to more challenging, narrower courses. Brian Van De Motter, a senior, hit a high percentage of greens in regulation. Nick Willenborg, a junior, posted a second round 73 in 30mph gusting winds, which was second best in the afternoon rounds. Nick Dennis, a sophomore, gained some confidence on the course and effortlessly drove the ball well with his new driver--a club he played without during the first tournament of the spring because the shaft gave out during the practice round in our Florida Atlantic tournament. PJ Riner, a freshman, hit a high percentage of fairways with his signature high-cut ball flight.
Our next test takes place at 34th-ranked Northwestern University's home tournament at The Glen Club in Glenview, Ill. We will compete against a strong field with quality players with yet another opportunity to beat some great golfers.