Pioneer golf teams take under-par spring break trips

 

When it comes to spring break trips this season men and women Pioneer golfers definitely posted a low number.

Both the men and women’s golf team traveled over spring break to warmer states. The men went to Hawaii while the women went to Myrtle Beach.

The men’s team was in Hawaii for a total of ten days. While they were there they said aloha to Kauai and Maui.

Junior golfer Matthew Ludlow tees off at Poipu Bay. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Light)

“Hawaii, coach (Ken) Hyland does like every three to four years, depending on planning and funding,” said Nathan Tarter, a senior golfer.

The ten golfers who went to Hawaii are competing among themselves for four spots in the lineup for the first tournament.

“It’s just an inner squad competition, we aren’t planning anybody yet,” Tarter said.  “It’s not actually a tournament…we are qualifying.”

The Hawaii weather allowed the men to golf, unlike the unpredictable Ohio weather.

“The winter is long, the first few months after the fall season you’re ready to take a break, but since we’ve been back in school we’ve all been itching for nice days to go play some golf,” Tarter said.

While in Hawaii the team planned on doing more than just golfing.

“We are going to go whale watching, I think we are also going to try zip lining, we got some stuff lined up, it’s going to be a blast,” said Tyler Light, a senior golfer.

The best part of the trip wasn’t going to be the activities, however, but the bonding experience.

“It’s just going to be fun hanging out with the entire golf team and just making memories in Hawaii,” Light said.

Meanwhile the women’s golf team was in Myrtle Beach to compete in the Battle on the Beach. Five members of the women’s team traveled ten hours to represent Malone in South Carolina.

“In the past we’ve gone on our own trips, usually to Pinehurst in North Carolina. It’s a nice golf area. But I thought it would be really neat to be able to go somewhere with other teams and get some competition,” said head women’s coach Heather Curtis.

Besides the women Pioneers, Ohio Dominican and Concord competed in the Battle on the Beach.

Before competing the women’s team had two days practicing in Myrtle Beach.

“We kind of get a feel for the course.  For us it will be the first time being outdoors in a while because it’s been so cold…Spring is our main season.  And that’s really tough in Ohio,” Curtis said.

The warmer weather of South Carolina allowed the women to golf outside for the first time in a long time.

Pioneers women’s golf team enjoys a meal after a practice session while in Myrtle Beach over spring break. (Photo courtesy of Heather Curtis)

“Spring break has always been a good chance for us to get somewhere warmer, and get to go outside, because as much as we practice indoors, it’s good we get to work on our mechanics and our technique,” Curtis said. “But you can’t get the same ball flight, you can’t see your results the way you can when you’re outside.”

The sentiments of being liberated from only golfing indoors was shared by Curtis’ players as well.

“I’m looking forward to just golfing outside, and spending time with my teammates,” said junior golfer Heather Evanich. “I’m more focused on working on myself than competing.”

With spring break over the next item on the agenda for the men is The Malone Spring Classic at Tannenhauf G.C., their home course, March 29-30 at 10 a.m. For the women’s golf team the next tournament they will compete in is the Grove City Invitational on March 23.

Casey Stevens is a staff writer for The Aviso AVW.

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