By Carley Crain
Golf season is in full swing for junior Jake Raichle.
As a member of the Pride golf team and a student in the sports management program, Raichle excels both on and off the golf course.
Coming from Bethlehem, a small town in northern New Hampshire, Raichle picked up a golf club at age six and has been unstoppable ever since. While in high school, Raichle was a part of the school’s ski team, as well as the baseball team.
However, baseball was the wrong kind of swing for Raichle.
Raichle decided to come to Springfield College because he has family from the Springfield community and it is not too far from his hometown in New Hampshire. He also elected to come to Springfield for its sports management program, and of course golf. Raichle loves the comradery of the community and has been very successful throughout his first three years on campus.
His most memorable experience at Springfield is, however, being able to wear and represent THE jersey on the golf course.
“Being on the golf team has not only been the best part of my golfing career, but it has made me a better person. You learn that you are playing for the guys on your team rather than yourself,” Raichle said. “When you are surrounded by guys that not only care about improving their game but also who you are as a person, it makes being a part of a team a privilege.”
Raichle has enjoyed a notable career at Springfield so far. During the 2017 season, he was named to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) All Conference First Team, and the following year he was selected as the NECC Golfer of the Year. He has helped the Pride achieve numerous championship titles, including the NECC championship team title in 2018.
Throughout his years at Springfield, Raichle has emerged as a leader and a role model.
“Jake is one of our core players and every tournament he plays we count on him to deliver and he always does. Without Jake this team would not be nearly as talented as it is,” said teammate Mike Strong.
“Jake is very supportive no matter what circumstance the team is in, good day or bad day. He always finds a way to grind out a round even when it is not going well. He sets an example to the rest of the team to keep pushing forward no matter what.”
So far, this fall has been another memorable and impressive season for Raichle. The 2019 campaign began with a strong opener at the Bill Dedrick Invitational. Raichle finished in 28th place as he completed the two-day tournament with a score of 158, highlighted by a 78 at the end of his first round of the 2019 season.
The next weekend he assisted the Pride to a 13th overall team finish as he completed the competition with a 153 at the Duke Nelson Invitational. The following weekend at the William’s Fall Invitational, he finished with a 157, including a strong second round that was highlighted by three birdies. Raichle then finished fourth at the Blazer Fall Invitational, improving his overall score with a 150 to finish off the tournament.
Most recently, Raichle helped the Pride win a MASCAC championship as he placed fourth overall in the individual tournament. Raichle had a strong first day as he had a first round score of 73, highlighted by five birdies and four of them being on the final holes. His performance over the two-day tournament earned him all-conference allocates.
“This season has been awesome, the team secured the MASCAC championships and our captain Mike Strong won the individual title in a playoff. Moving into the New England championships in a couple of weeks, the team would love to play well there and perhaps come away with the win,” Raichle said.
As reigning New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) team champions, the Pride are hoping to come away with another championship title in the next few weeks.
“Jake is a great teammate and an even better friend that wears his heart on his sleeve,” Strong said. “You can tell that no matter what he really wants the best for you.”
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