Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Just Tap It In: Part 1

     "The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course."  ~Billy Graham

     As I mentioned in the previous GET SOME Golf post, I am a member of the Muskingum University varsity golf team; our fall season started in early September and lasted through this past weekend.  So this post is dedicated solely on collegiate golf and the experiences from that.

     My first collegiate and the team's first tournament that we played was at the Country Club of Meadville in Meadville, Pennsylvania hosted by Allegheny College.  This beautiful course located on the outskirts of Meadville is a par 72 and is 6,808 yards from the tips.  The course has several places there where if the ball is not placed in a very strategic and aggressive position, the best score possibly made would be a bogey or worse.  Play at this tournament was made difficult for every golfer alike: greens were rolling at a 14 on the stint meter, it was somewhat cold, and several scores were in the upper 70s and 80s.  (If anyone would like more information about the course please visit:  As a team, we placed 12th out of 17 teams firing a 2 day total of 657; we did not play our best but thankfully we beat a few teams!  After this tournament, Coach Kirby seemed disappointed by our results and was looking forward to a top 10 finish, so he kept hope alive at our next event, a pre-conference season tournament.

     Coach Kirby decided for the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Fall Conference Invitational to keep the same players that he did at the last tournament.  This tournament was hosted by Baldwin Wallace College and held at Columbia Hills Country Club just outside of Strongsville, Ohio.  This course is proud to proclaim that Jason Dufner played at this course during his childhood before his professional career; it is a par 71 and is 6,404 yards from the tips.  It is a relatively short course but some holes can create a difficult challenge for any golfer.  (For more information about this course, please visit:  A friend and teammate whose home course was Columbia Hills was unfortunate enough to miss the tournament; so to help the team out and possibly give us a winning advantage, he loaned us helpful advice about the course.  As a team, we placed 7th out of 8 teams firing a 631; Coach Kirby was not a very happy camper after seeing where we placed, but thankfully this was a pre-conference season tournament.

     To get the details of our final two tournaments of the fall season, please read the next post.

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