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Mastodon Golfers Improve Despite Difficulties


Photo credit: Brian Alden

Written by: Communicator StaffOctober 26, 2017

By: Emily Anderson

Average Mastodon golf scores are higher than they have been since Head Coach Billy King took over nine years ago. King said the fields and courses they have faced this fall have been considerably more difficult than in the past, but this hasn’t stopped them from improving.

Additionally, King said the teams the Mastodons have been competing against this fall have been more competitive than they are accustomed to. Because the team has been working against such factors, the increase in averages represents a hard-earned success.

King said he hopes to see these struggles turn out to benefit the team in the spring and eventually for the Summit League Championship in May.

Recently, Zach Schroeder gained some attention for his success at the Northern Kentucky University Fall Classic. After shooting the fifth lowest round in program history, King said Schroeder’s hard work is finally paying off.

Schroeder, an IPFW junior majoring in finance, has been playing golf since he was 5 years old. At the completion of this fall season, he will have played for a total of five seasons as a Fort Wayne Mastodon.

His involvement in summer events, which he played with fellow Mastodons and other Indiana college golfers, has contributed to his increased skill. He said, however, that with the sport of golf, one can be playing their best one week and then the next week not do very well.

In regards to golf, Schroeder said, “Each day, I look for at least one or two ways to make myself better.”

King said Schroeder has finally realized just how talented he is.

The Mastodons competed in NKU Fall Classic Sept. 24-25 in Batavia, Ohio, which King felt could have turned out better overall. He said with the combination of a lot of solid practice and their country club’s challenging field, the team is working to be more satisfied with their results.

The work paid off at the Fighting Irish Classic, which took place Oct 8-9 in South Bend, when the team set multiple new personal and school records. The team scored 849, only two less than the previous IPFW record set in 2007.

Both Zac Turi and Eric Brinker tied for second place for the all-time individual record held for the 54-hole score. Schroder said that this weekend represented a huge step in the right direction for the team and an accurate sign of what is to come in the future.

As for the final invitational of the fall season, King said that the invite list to the Dayton Flyer Invitational on Oct. 16 contains very quality, successful teams and that the Mastodons are fortunate to be included.