October 21, 2008

Golf Ends Fall Season With Loss

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The golf team closed out the fall portion of its season this past weekend with a home tri-meet against Binghamton and St. Bonaventure. The Red had hopes to finish out its season strong, but could not get into a rhythm on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course and finished 3rd with a team score of 310. Binghamton won the meet, collectively posting a 302. [img_assist|nid=32823|title=Mind tricks|desc=Sophomore Dan Bosse lines up a putt. Bosse finished first for the Red over the weekend, No. 4 overall.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The tri-meet proved to be a disappointing end to the first half of the Red’s season. It hoped to make-up for its poor performances earlier in the year, but was unable to do so.
“We were really disappointed,” said sophomore Dan Bosse, who finished 1st for the Red and 4th overall with a 75. “We really would have liked to play better at home obviously; we just didn’t go out there and grab that win we were looking for. It was rough to end on a down note like that.”
“We’re not happy at all,” said sophomore Tim Murphy. “We’re definitely looking forward to a new start in the spring.”
The Red now has several months off before the biggest part of its season in the spring. The team will participate in winter workouts, in addition to honing its swings indoors using a golf simulator. While the Ithaca weather does not allow for extensive outdoor practice, many players will head south at some point over winter break and will therefore be able to play on an outside course.

“Now we’re just getting ready for winter workouts,” Murphy said. “But we’re looking forward to our spring break trip and just being able to get our games going before the spring season.”

While the fall season did not live up to expectations, the team has hopefully learned from it and will ultimately correct its respective weaknesses. The whole team knows that they have the ability to play much better and are eager to put in the time to do so.

“Everyone now knows what the need to work on,” Bosse said. “It’s become clear over the past several weeks. For me personally, it’s chipping and putting.”

“As a team, we fell short of our goals,” continued Bosse. “We now have plenty of time to work on improving. We’re going to do whatever we can over winter break. We all know we have to put the time in to get better. We ended on a down note that left nobody feeling good. Hopefully we can sit on that and use it as fuel for the spring to pump as up even more.”