By Mark Morales
The Sacred Heart University men’s golf team played in an invitational on April 14
and April 15 at the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Baltic, Conn. The men came in eighth place.
The invitational was hosted by the University of Connecticut and was called “Til Duty Is Done Collegiate Invitational.”
The tournament is named in honor of the Til Duty Is Done organization. They are a non-profit company based in Connecticut. Their goal is to provide safe, secure and stable housing for returning veterans. Til Duty Is Done’s main aim is to reduce homelessness and unemployment with returning veterans.
“The tournament was great; it was a special tournament because the vets were involved. The final round I got to play with someone from the air force. It was really cool to spend time with them because they didn’t get the chance to play college golf. We had questions for them, they had questions for us,” said sophomore Jacob Henny.
As for the course itself, there were some challenging aspects throughout the event.
“There was a stretch of holes, one through four, that were a pretty tough stretch of holes. They were a little bit longer with smaller greens so it made it a little bit tough but once you got through that stretch, you kind of got into a set of scoring holes,” said junior Matthew Shubley.
The only negative thing both men had to say about the tournament was that the wind played a huge factor throughout the event.
“Three of the rounds were pretty windy so it was hard to judge the wind especially because it was blowing across on some holes but it was definitely good to have those three rounds before conference just to know what we had to work on this week,” said Shubley.
The uncontrollable factors are what made the tournament difficult.
“The course itself wasn’t too difficult but the conditions, like the wind, made it tough,” said Henry.
Although both men enjoyed the tournament with the veterans, they both have some work to do before the postseason begins.
“I’ve been out from May until March with a series of injuries. So just getting back in the competitive setting again is something that I need to improve upon. This is only the second tournament I played in the past 10 months so I think I did okay around the green. Stroking was great, putting was good but ball striking was a little suspect,” said Henny.
With the postseason looming just a week away, it seems like confidence will be the biggest task for the team moving ahead.
“For the playoffs, team wise it’s going to come down to confidence and knowing that we can compete and win,” said Shubley.
The men’s golf team will begin their postseason on April 28.
“In my opinion, we should be favored going into conference,” said Henny.