By David Parker
While they may not be the most well known sport on campus, the ONU men’s golf team is ready to represent the school in the conference tournament next weekend. This spring is the second season for the team this academic year, the first of which lasted from September 1 to October 2 of 2010.
“We have had an up and down season so far this year,” said head coach Bryan Hyma.
The team’s best finish during its fall season was at the University of St. Francis (Ill.) Fall Classic, where they placed seventh out of 23 schools. So far this spring the team has only played in two meets.
They placed eighth out of ten teams March 28 and 29 at the Trevecca Nazarene University Invitational in Tennessee and took sixth out of 11 teams at the Augustana College Invitational last weekend.
Though they may not have had an outstanding fall season, Hyma is focused on working to have a more successful future.
“We have some great potential with our guys, and I am hoping that they can play up to that potential,” Hyma said. “Our goals have always been to win our conference tournament and move on to the NAIA National Tournament. We also want to finish the season stronger than we started.”
Hyma took the head coaching position in 2008. He joined the Olivet staff as a full-time faculty member 2001, working in the Exercise and Sport Science department serving as the director of the Athletic Training Education Program.
Two key golfers for the Tigers have been sophomore Andrew Woodhull and senior Matt Compton. Both finished in the top ten at last year’s first ever CCAC men’s golf tournament, and they have continued to lead the team throughout tournaments in the fall and spring seasons this year.
The Tigers’ next tournament is the Bethel College Invitational in South Bend, Ind., beginning today and running through tomorrow. Next weekend they will head to the CCAC Tournament at Balmoral Woods Golf Club in Crete, Ill. to play for a chance to qualify for the NAIA national tournament at the end of May.