IWC golf to open spring season
The Iowa Wesleyan College men’s golf team, like many other spring sports teams, is fighting the rain, snow and low temperatures in preparation for its season.
The Tigers were supposed to start their season last weekend, but the Statesman Spring Classic was cancelled due to weather conditions.
Coach Kurt Moon suspects that the same thing will happen this weekend to the Prairie Fire Classic scheduled in Galesburg, Ill.
The Tigers haven’t had many chances to get on the course even for practice. They’ve golfed at Mt. Pleasant probably four of five times, Moon estimates.
Their best opportunity was their spring break trip to Mississippi, where Moon has taken his players three years now for some early season practice.
This season’s Tiger golf team is a young group, made up of junior Blake Mitchell, sophomore Trent Hoekstra, and freshmen Patrick Zielinski, Tanner Travis and Zac Cronkhite.
Mitchell leads the team with a low average of 74.4.
“Mitchell is a very solid player,” Moon said. “He has a great mental game and is a great overall team leader.”
Hoekstra is second on the team with an average of 78.9.
The Tigers started in the fall with the first half of their season, and they have added one senior to the team for the spring: Mike Mendoza is playing with the golf team for the first time. The baseball player just joined the Tiger squad this spring.
“We’re very young, but the freshmen have gained experience and confidence since the fall, and learned what the college game is all about,” Moon said. “We focus on the mental game and managing the course. Golf is a different game every day.”
Right now, the IWC women’s golf season in uncertain. Coach Anna Jones is still working on putting a team together for the spring season, and will have more information available next week.