Ocelot golfers prepare for spring tournaments
BY NICK MISIAK
As the snow melts away and the grass turns green, the Schoolcraft Mens Golf Team is preparing to hit the links for their spring season.
Last season was highlighted by a first place finish in the Delta College Invitational at Bay Valley Golf Club in Bay City, MI, but fourth place finishes in both the MCCAA Eastern Conference Tournament and the MCCAA Tournament.
Schoolcraft finished second out of three teams at the NJCAA Region XII Division III Regional Tournament last year and unfortunately did not advance to the National Championship Tournament.
This season, the Ocelots will be led by returning sophomores Austin Harris, Eric Perry and Sean Hackman. All three were consistently near the top of the individual standings in last year’s tournaments, and they plan on improving their freshman scores to front Schoolcraft’s efforts to compete in nationals.
“If we can shoot consistently, we have a very talented team,” said Harris. “The key will be consistency. If we can focus and have a minimal amount of mistakes, we will be fine.”
Freshman newcomers Chad Berger, Jalen Teifer and Ray Pokerwinski, both who had success playing for their high school golf programs, will join the returning sophomores this season to round out the roster.
Head coach Paul Brown is returning for his third season in that position. In addition to coaching the golf team, Brown also works on campus for Facilities Management.
“This years team carries a large amount of potential,” said Brown. “Austin [Harris], Eric [Perry], and Sean [Hackman] can all drive the ball fairly well and can perform well under pressure. The new guys can hit the ball well too, and I hope that they will mold themselves into strong golfers. We have put in a lot of work over the off-season, and I am excited to see how we will compete with our competition.”
The golf team will begin their spring play on Friday, April 10 in the Oakland Community College Invitational, held at the Pontiac Country Club in Waterford. Schoolcraft will also compete in the St. Clair County Community College Invitational on Friday, April 24 at the Port Huron Golf Club in Fort Gratiot and in the Mott Community College Invitational at the Flint Golf Club in Flint on Monday, April 27.