By Michael Comodeca
After winning four consecutive championships in the Horizon League, it is business as usual for the Cleveland State University men’s golf team as they prepare for the upcoming season. The team has won eight of the last 12 conferences titles with their focus solely on winning it again this year.
“It’s a great feeling and a special time to be on this roster. We have won the past four years and this team is only getting better,” senior Joey Krecic said.
Out of the eight players on the golf team, five are upperclassmen and three are freshmen. This means there is plenty of veteran leadership on this year’s team. The younger players can look to the elder statesmen for guidance to help them through the turbulent times as freshman student athletes, especially because they have been there.
The young guys are also able to lean on the veterans for their wealth of experience in winning on a college campus. The veterans can help each other when they are struggling because golf can be a very exasperating sport at times.
“I’ve had my share of struggles over the past year or so, but have seen improvement and looking to gain some momentum going forward,” Krecic said. “Golf can be a frustrating game because everything has to be in line to play well.”
With the season having just begun, it is hard to gauge where the team will be at the end of the year. However, judging from seasons past and the talent that is on the team this year, they should finish atop the Horizon League standings.
“It’s early yet, so I don’t know, but the potential we have is good as ever,” Krecic said.
The confidence these young men exhibit on and off the greens is contagious and they believe that they can win any tournament they participate in. Having so many talented players on one team raises the bar for everyone because of the friendly competition between players.
“Confidence is good and the team is focused on winning every tournament we enter,” Krecic said.
The Vikings participated in the Raising Cane’s Eastern Kentucky University Intercollegiate during the weekend of Sept. 16 and 17 in Kentucky. The next two tournaments the team is competing in will be held in Ohio. The Cleveland State Invitational is taking place in Aurora, Ohio on Oct. 2 and 3 and the Dayton Flyer Invitational will be held in Kettering, Ohio on Oct. 16 and 17. With a lot of season left to be played, the expectations are high. However, with Coach Weir at the helm, the sky’s the limit for the 2017-2018 team.
“Our team is trending upward and trying to get off to a good start,” Krecic said. “There is a lot of experienced players on this roster and creates for high expectations going forward.”