As Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth prepare for The Masters, which starts on April 7, the Springfield College golf team is preparing for its first tournament on the same weekend.
Although the golf team’s main season is in the fall, there are two spring tournaments that the team competes in. In the fall, the young team struggled to compete in tournaments, but with a few additions during the season the team started playing much better by October.
“I expect our team to build off the momentum from last fall and be able to hang in there with better teams in the tournaments,” sophomore standout Travis Price said. “We started playing better golf at the end of the season, and I’m excited to see if that will carry over.”
In the offseason, the Pride also brought in a graduate assistant—Adam Ziewacz. Ziewacz has begun organizing practices for the Pride and assisting head coach Joe Eadie with the work load.
“Having a graduate assistant will be very beneficial because now Coach Eadie has some help,” Price said. “Our team has gotten larger and it’s difficult for coach Eadie to give each player individual attention. Adding Adam will help a lot.”
Thanks to the warmer-than-usual temperatures the team has been able to hit the range and play some rounds early on in the spring. Last year, the team didn’t get on the course until early April. Playing a few early rounds will help the players get back into the groove a little sooner than normal.
“I was able to get to the range every day over spring break,” Price said. “Now I am able to play after classes, and I feel like I’ve started to get my game back.”
Price, who shot a season and team-low 76 at The Ranch Golf Club in October, expects to continue his success in the spring season. He said he’s starting to hit the ball solidly and his putting has come a long way. He does hope to improve his consistency, as he shot in the 90s just the day after his 76.
“I’m planning on spending a lot of time at the range with coach Eadie,” Price said. I have a very fast swing right now, and we want to work on slowing it down. I think if I do that, I can consistently shoot scores in the 70s and low 80s.”
The members of the team enjoy competing in practice to simulate tournament situations. Price enjoys going head to head with teammates. There have been a number of good matches in practice, and Price hopes that it continues.
“Competing in practice gets us ready for the tournaments,” Price said. “I really like competing with Greg. We make each other better.”
The Pride tee off their season April 8 and April 9 at the Westport Hampton Inn Invitational at Allendale Country Club. They’ll return to the course on April 21 for the Western New England Invitational at Veterans Golf Course.