Men and women golf teams prepare for ODAC’s

Rachel Levy, ‘Doah Staff Writer
March 18, 2015

While most people at school left campus to go to the beach, to party or to go home with friends and family, the spring sports either had to stay on campus or go away with their teams to compete, giving up their spring break. One of these teams is golf who went down to Dataw Island in South Carolina to the TaylorMade Intercollegiate hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.

Down in sunny South Carolina, the S.U. golf team took on 12 other teams and tied for 11th with Averett both finishing with 121 over par. Rhodes took home the victory. Evan Cocke, Brett Dublin and Brennan Lloyd led the Hornets in the tournament.

For the girls, freshman Sara Eadie, being the only girl on the team for Shenandoah, placed 37th out of 45 for her opening tournament.

Even though this was a rocky start for the spring season, the team still has high hopes for the coming season. Hopefully, it will all come together for them, and freshman Brett Dublin says that “the team has a really good chemistry.” That should help them out while playing. If a team gets along off the field, it really helps them on the field, too. A team is a family, and when the right team is together, learns to help each other out and raise each other up, it makes everyone on the team play their best.

The girls’ golf team this season will also have the addition of freshman Harper Matthews. She did not compete in South Carolina this past weekend.

This is the first year Shenandoah has a women’s golf team. Women’s golf is also relatively new to not just the school but also the entire Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The ODAC first started sponsoring women’s golf in the 2012-2013 season. Since the introduction of women’s golf to the ODAC, the ODAC has now been home to six college women’s golf programs, Shenandoah being the sixth. If the ODAC gets one more team to join, women’s golf in the ODAC will have an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

The men were ranked to be number five out of 10 for the ODAC in the preseason. Hopefully, the team will show they deserve that ranking and possibly even higher.

The next time Shenandoah men’s golf hits the course will be in late March. They will take on the Camp Lejeune Intercollegiate from Mar. 27-29 and the Navy base in North Carolina. The Shenandoah Hornets will have four more tournaments to round out their season and year. The women next head to the Randolph-Macon Invitational at Hollows GC in Montpelier, Va on Mar. 21 and 22.  Eadie will have three more tournaments to finish out her freshman year. ODAC championships are coming up soon in a little more than one month. Both the men and women have such little time to get ready to compete in the championships and do well enough to try and move on to NCAA championships.

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