Golf swings into new era

The VWU Golf team is led by a new coach and has a strong roster of freshman, returners.

With Head Coach Tom Hall starting his first year and graduating senior Ryan Christie leaving the program, the Virginia Wesleyan University Men’s Golf team hopes to start a new era of VWU golf. Coming off their fall season they are doing just that. 

Freshman Jacob Swiggart accomplished some of his goals which involved having a top ten finish in a tournament, a top five finish in a tournament and being VWU’s top men’s golfer for the men’s team, a big accomplishment for a freshman to achieve. 

Swiggart still has a few more individual goals he would like to accomplish as he heads into the spring season. 

“One of my goals is to have an individual win and also one of my goals is to be ODAC Freshman of the Year,” Swiggart said. He also said one the team’s goals for the spring season is a team tournament win, especially on their home course. 

Coach Hall commented on some of the team’s goals to get better and to work on certain things individually. “We’re going to identify the things they need individually to get better and we’re going to focus on those strengths,” Hall said. 

As a team the men have a goal to break 300 as a team in the spring. “I know that doesn’t sound overly exciting, but it’s kind of like the magic number in golf, to break 300 as a team,” Hall said.

The men started their fall season at the Don Scalf Invitation Memorial Invitation where they finished sixth out of eight teams. With a first day total of 313 and a second day total of 312, the Marlins finished the tournament with a score of 625. 

In their third tournament of the fall, they played at the Virginia State Golf Association Intercollegiate where they finished in a tie for eighth. After the first day, they had a team score of 317 but with a second day total of 324 they fell in the tournament rankings to finish with a final score of 641.

The Marlins start their spring season on Feb. 26 at the Pfeiffer Invite in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

By: Colette Kearney