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BC golfers look to build upon fall season success

Coach Williams The Bridgewater College golf team won three tournaments during its fall schedule and is ready to tee it up for the spring portion of the schedule. The Eagles will play against some of the top teams in the South Region this spring as they prepare for the ODAC Championship tournament.

The Eagles open the spring season Feb. 23-24 at the Pine Needles Invitational.

BC head coach Dr. Leroy Williams answers a few questions concerning the upcoming spring season and his young Eagles’ team.

Q: The Eagles are coming off a tremendous fall season. Can you reflect on the team’s successes earlier this year?
Coach Williams: I was surprised by our success this fall, because we are so young. I expected us to do this well NEXT year, but not so soon. Our core of three players (Mike Redwood, Nick Dean, and John Phillips) played well at each tournament, and showed more maturity than I expected. Our next four players – David Wellman, Aaron German, Michael Hankins and Luke Nash – were all working to play more consistently. Sometimes they did very well (Luke Nash shot a 69 in the final round at the VSGA). I expect those four to keep competing for the two "open" spots each week.

Q: The team has a tough spring schedule. Discuss some of the upcoming tournaments this spring and the benefits of playing at some tough events.
Coach Williams: Our fall success was against Virginia teams. Three of our tournaments this spring (Pine Needles, Jekyll Island, and Camp Lejeune) will pit us against some of the best teams in the region, and the country. We have the players to remain competitive with these teams. It will be a test of our maturity.

Q: The team appears to be close to contending with the best teams in the ODAC. Who are some of the top teams in conference and what are the keys that can help the Eagles contend with these teams?
Coach Williams: Based upon our scoring average, we are ranked second in the conference, and I think that is a fair assessment of where we are. (We are currently ranked 30th in the country, out of 295 teams). Guilford is clearly the top team again, and is ranked No. 3 in the country. A lot of the teams in the conference are playing well, especially Roanoke and Lynchburg. Hampden-Sydney and W&L will be strong as usual. Our goal is to win the conference title this year. To do so, we need to get more consistent contributions from the No. 4 and No. 5 players. Our top 3 each need to shave a stroke off their scores.

Q: What are the team’s goals for the upcoming spring season?
Coach Williams: Simple. Win the ODAC Conference Championship and go to the NCAA Tournament. We also want competitive showings at the three big regional events. None of this is out of the question. I think we have the players that can accomplish this, so I am really looking forward to the spring season.