Wednesday, May 21, 2014

School's Out for Summer...Almost!

It is very close to the end of finals week here at BVU and I wanted to get one last blog out there for the year.  As this year might not have gone exactly the way we would have liked and there may have been a few bumps in the road, I believe that we have had a growing experience.  I wanted to say that it has been my privilege to coach the seniors who are graduating for their final two years and I wish them the best of luck in their futures!  For those who are returning, I look forward to the upcoming seasons as I know that we can continue to improve and achieve our goals.  This summer will be a new experience for myself and I believe that it will help me grow as a coach along with helping build our teams.  It is my hope that everyone gets to have a relaxing summer and also gets to play some golf so we are ready for the season. 

Go Beavers!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Most Important Week

This week, the week of the start of conference, is the most important week of the season.  We started yesterday with a great practice.  The players seem to be more motivated than ever to play well this weekend to start off the conference tournament in the right way.   We will be traveling to Iowa City and playing Finkbine Golf Course this Thursday through Saturday.  Throughout this week, we will be doing a variety of different things to make sure we are prepared for the task at hand this upcoming weekend.  It is great to see the determination and dedication of the players to want to be at there best come this weekend.  Keep an eye out for a post next week about how the first weekend went.  Go Beavers!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Season Updates

Men's Golf

The men have competed in 2 events thus far.  Each day of competition they have lowered the team scores.  Starting with a 325, with limited outside practice due to mother nature, and working their way down to finish at 305 at the Wartburg invite this past weekend.  With only 2 weeks until the start of conference we are moving in the right direction.  It is great to see the hard work and dedication of each player to do what they need to do to make them better each and every day.  This weekend we are hosting a small field tournament at home to finish out our competitive rounds before conference.  This will be a great time to better understand where we are at.  With only 2 weeks before the first rounds of conference, we will be working hard to achieve our overall goal - winning a conference championship.

Women's Golf:

This past weekend the women competed in their final event of the spring season.  I know the season is short but the women worked hard to better themselves and prepare for their tournaments.  It was great to see our hard work from the off season pay off.  I believe that we got better each and every day no matter what the scores showed.  I want to wish the seniors the best of luck in their futures and also thank them for what they have accomplished during my short 2 year span here.  For those returning, I would like to say keep up the good work and we will get back at it next fall.

Go Beavers!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hitting the Links

After a long, cold winter, spring has finally arrived.  Although it took a while to be here, we are looking forward to seeing our new swings take action on the course.  It is my hope that we transition well, continuing to work on what we have accomplished while getting back into the feel and swing of things.  This next week, we will be outside as much as possible.  The course is now open to walkers only which is perfect for us.  If the range is not open, we will spend more time on the course working on what is needed to prepare us for our first event next weekend at Otter Creek.  The goal of the first tournament for me is to get the last bit of rust off and make sure we get back into competition mode.  From there, we will be able to self critique and diagnose what we need to work on individually to continue to get better and achieve goals.  I have no doubt that each player will perform to their best abilities while learning on the course.  Throughout the course of the spring season, we will be working on our weaknesses while maintaining our strengths.  It is going to be a great season! Go Beavers!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring is in the Air

With the first day of spring on it's way, the weather has certainly started to show signs a little early.  Don't get me wrong, I think all individuals in the Midwest are OK with it after a long, cold winter.  As the weather is getting nicer, it is our hope to be outside soon.  The students have been working very hard indoors and are itching to get outside and watch the ball fly while working on the items we have worked on.  I look forward to watching the transition from indoors to outdoors.  With spring break being a little over a week away for the players, it would be great to get outdoors before to see where we are at.  If not, we will have to wait until the week after spring break, which could put us in a semi-difficult position being that our first tournament for men and women is the first weekend of April.  We will have to see what mother nature has in store for the next couple of weeks and also wait to hear from the golf course about getting outside.  Keep an eye out for future blogs indicating how the transition went and how the teams are doing.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Spring Time Preparation

It is time for Mother Nature to make up her mind.  Any and all golfers in the Midwest are itching to get outside and watch a ball fly through the air and end up in the cup.  With this in mind, BVU has started practicing already with our new indoor/outdoor simulator.  Throughout the time frame of our indoor practices, I have seen dramatic improvements in each player that I am looking forward to seeing outside!  Each player has worked so hard during our time inside and they are looking forward to transitioning to outside to see their hard work pay off.  As the winter is hopefully coming to an end soon, it will be our goal to maintain what we have worked on.  The simulator, being indoor and outdoor, will be outside with us and allow us to gain more knowledge of what our swing is providing us each and every day.  Along with this, we will be able to transition from the practice area to the course to make sure we better understand where the ball is going and how far.  As a coach, I am looking forward to the season so that we can show our competitors that we are continuously working hard to get better!  Keep an eye out for the next blog which will be as we begin to be outdoors.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Start of the Season

The start of the spring season is quickly approaching.  The official start of our season is the end of this month!  Starting in February, the players will be using our new toy, the GC2, to prepare for the spring season.  This new simulator allows us to work on dialing in our scoring clubs while also having some contests and playing a round of golf also.  A huge benefit of this machine is that it can be used indoor and outdoor.  Another change for us is our ability to hit year round.  We have moved our net and mats into a new room where the players are able to hit at any time.  As February rolls around, the players will be hitting 2 times per week and 2 weeks each month until 1) spring break or 2) the snow melts, whichever comes first.  I am looking forward to working with the players during this time as I have learned a lot over this off-season from both the mental and physical side of the game.  It will be great to finally work with the players and provide the insights that I have gained to help our teams take the step to the next level.  Looking forward to a great spring season!  Go Beavers!