Due to inclement weather, the UVa-Wise men’s golf team has been on a hiatus since before spring break and has only been able to practice indoors, but they were able to compete in the UVa-Wise Cattails Intercollegiate tournament. The team came in third place. As for the individual competition, junior Blake Blizard took first place overall in the Cattails tournament.
Other teams that competed in the tournament were Marian University of Indiana, Urbana University, Bluefield State College and Concord University. Marian University came in first and Urbana took the second place spot.The winter weather, though, has posed a problem for the team and their practice schedule.
“Given the tough winter, consistency was an issue at the beginning because of our limited practice,” Blizard said. “Now that we are getting to play more, I think we’ll be more consistent and put down some lower scores.”
Despite not being able to go out and practice physically, Blizard has been doing his best to make sure he stays sharp.
“I haven’t been able to see my swing coach, but I’ve talked to him on the phone and we are working on some things,” he said.
Tyler Robinette, another junior on the team, believes that the team’s new coach has been a significant factor in their success this year.
“I feel good about the team have right now,” Robbinette said. “A lot of our success comes from our new coach. He is doing a good job at keeping us organized and on track to be the best we can be. Blake Blizard has also been doing well; winning a college tournament is a big deal.”
According to Robinette, he was able to hit and practice during the snow break, but nothing compares to playing for real.
“I’ve honestly not been able to improve that much because of the terrible weather we have had,” he said. “Hitting balls into a net is nothing like going down to the course and actually playing.”
Despite being on a break, the team had to focus during three consecutive tournaments once the weather cleared up before spring break.
“We had to stay more focused during the stretch of three tournaments in a row. Playing that much golf in the period of time can wear on you, so we had to make sure we kept grinding,” Robinette said.
The men’s golf team will compete in the Oglebay Resort Intercollegiate Tournament March 28-30.