Published: September 25, 2015
As the weather gets colder, The University golf team’s desire to succeed burns. The golf team continued its impressive start last weekend, placing fourth out of eight colleges in the Empire 8 Championship.
The team got off to a fast start, winning its first four matches. Already more than halfway through the season, the Royals are in good shape. The Royals began the season 4-0, and they have played well recently.
Golf is unique since the players are easily able to play over the summer.
Junior Steven Lambrinakos said it is the team’s responsibility to get ready for the fall season.
“Well, for the fall season, we all meet with the coach in the spring. He’ll tell us to get into as many tournaments as we can during the summer, so we can get back to playing starting on the first day. We really start practicing and playing again as soon as we get back,” Lambrinakos said.
Lambrinakos also said the team tries its best to remain as a cohesive unit prior to the fall season.
“In addition to practicing during the summer, we try our best to get to know everybody who’s new,” Lambrinakos said. “It’s always fun being with the boys.”
Lambrinakos played in three events last year, averaging 83 over three rounds.
Senior co-captain Ryan Brown said the core group of players on the team is a big reason for the success.
“We have a good team,” Brown said. “Backed by myself, Eric Montella, Kevin Nardella, David Harris, he’s an incoming transfer who’s very good, and Michael Boland. We did well in our conference championship. We played some schools we don’t usually play, so it’s always a good challenge.”
Brown went on to say what the team needs to do in order to succeed in the latter portion of their season.
“We just need to keep doing what we’re doing. As coach says, ‘just do your best.’ That’s really what we try to do every day. Just be our best,” Brown said.
While the team remains competitive as the year progresses, the members certainly havefunthe time to enjoy the fun.
“I really enjoy the community aspect of this team,” Brown said. “We definitely put in the work, just like any other team, but it’s a lot of fun. We’re out there having fun, and we’re very privileged to go out and play golf and represent our school. I mean, who doesn’t love golf?”
The Royals’ next action will be Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Anthracite Golf Championships. The tournament is two rounds and takes place at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic.