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Men’s golf teeing up at Squire Creek

September 27, 2012

 

ALWAYNE GREEN
Sports Reporter

 

The Bulldog golfers will seek another tournament victory when they putt their way into the inaugural Jim Rivers Intercollegiate tournament. It will be Tech’s first home tournament this season at the Squire Creek Country Club Monday.

 

Head coach Jeff Parks said playing at home most definitely favors the Bulldogs and they will be looking to protect their home turf.

 

“We have a good home course advantage because we know our facility and golf course better than anyone else,” Parks said. “We know the greens, the breaks, the way the ball will roll and just like anywhere else, you want to win at home in front of your own spectators.”

 

Parks said this tournament will be a building block for the major tournaments to come.

 

“Our first goal is to win the Western Athletic Conference,” Parks said. “Another goal we have is to get into the Top 60 national ranking, and either of the two will get us into the regional tournament then; we’ll be able to make it to the finals.”

 

Parks said though his team has a lot more youth than experience, he believes both his experienced and inexperienced players have the necessary skills to succeed. One such player is freshman Victor Lange, a South African native who Parks said is the No. 1 player at the moment.

 

Lange said he does not think he has a weakness, but he said he still needs to work on his wedge play. The day before each tournament, Lange said he would go through his routine and set up a game plan.

 

“I try to work on certain things before the tournament that makes me feel more comfortable the next day on the golf course,” Lange said. “I would work on my driving, hit many putts to get the speed of the greens and I would get a chip to see how the ball reacts on the greens.”

 

Another player Parks said fans can look forward to seeing is junior Travis Wilmore. Wilmore, who was fourth in the last tournament, said he was looking forward to playing at home.

 

“I love playing in front of people,” Wilmore said. “It makes you feel better about yourself entertaining people because that’s what athletes are there for.”

 

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