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Rams look to build on team unity moving into next season
Another Rams’ golf season has come to an end, but their consistency at the conference tournament is pushing the team into next season on a positive note.
The team finished in seventh place or lower in every meet this year except for the St. Scholastica Invitational where they finished fifth, and the North Central Invitational where they finished at a season-high second place.
The Rams finished no higher than seventh place on any of the three days of the UMAC Championship Tournament, but second year head coach Lon Flippo says this meet was the highlight of the season.
“It’s a grind, and it’s tough work.” Flippo said of the three day tournament. “We stayed right in that niche where we wanted to be.”
The Ram’s scores improved dramatically from last season to this season. The Rams finished the meet with a 423 score, shaving off 63 strokes from their score in the 2016 conference meet.
Going into this season, Flippo was focused on two main goals: be competitive and be consistent.
“We really wanted to avoid the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde rounds” Flippo said in reference to a good round followed by a terrible one. The Rams did exactly that in the conference meet with their top player Justin Johnson keeping his daily scores within a two-stroke range, putting together rounds of 80, 81 and 82 (243, +27) to place 20th individually.
Flippo credits a great deal of the team’s consistency to the chemistry that comes from upperclassmen leadership. With a majority underclassman team, Flippo said of his older players, “Bringing that life experience was very influential on the development of the team.”
Although the team scores were no more than average, Flippo views this season as a great success. The Rams will not lose any players to graduation this offseason, and look to continue to build on this year’s chemistry moving into future seasons.