Men’s golf focuses on national title dream


The Pioneer men’s golf team is off to a tremendous start this year, winning its Pioneer Fall Classic tournament by 36 strokes and finishing 2nd in a recent GLIAC tournament.

Senior golfer Tyler Light helped his Pioners to a runner-up finish among 33 teams recently at the Midwest Regional I .Light has been a leader for his Pioneers this season and looks to bring his team success. (Photo courtesy of Andy Smith)

“We have won quite a few tournaments in the past so we know what it takes to win,” senior golfer Tyler Light said. “When things are not going well individually for some of us, we try to finish strong for our team because we never know how many points are needed as a team for us to finish with a victory.”

With a trusting, confident and competitive attitude, winning tournaments has come naturally for the men’s golf team.

“Coach does a great job in setting a competitive atmosphere within us during practice,” Light said. “We strive to beat each other in tournaments because we feel we are the elite during them and that helps us to win the tournaments.”

Light, along with his teammates, are driven to reach the team’s future goal, which is to bring home a national title one day.

“Our team is confident and ready to compete with the nation’s best,” senior golfer Jay Hollifield said.  “We want to be the first team at Malone to win a Division II national championship, and we have the right players to make this dream possible.”

With great players leading the way, the team believes the dream is tangible with players like Light and senior golfer Nate Tarter.

“Our team leaders consist of senior Tyler Light, Nate Tarter, and John Clark,” Hollifield said. “We look to them for leadership and guidance, as well as bringing our team in lower scores during the tournaments.”

Junior golfer Garrison Myles has also played a big role in the team’s success.

Myles is considered to be one of the most improved players on the team by his peers.

With great leadership, the team will continue to build on its success as well as hopefully build the legacy they want to create and leave.

The men’s golf team will play next at Eagle Eye G.C in Lansing, Michigan for its GLIAC Championship October  5-7.


 Justin Davis is a sports writer for The Aviso AVW.

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