Golf: A Forgotten Fall Sport

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No one disputes the fact that on the vast majority of college campuses, football is king. Should football not be the dominant sport, next tends to be men’s basketball. In the world of professional sports, football is king as well. At the professional level, however, golf is very popular. But, at the collegiate level, golf is not all that popular. In fact, collegiate golf should be more popular. Shepherd’s golf team competes in both the fall and the spring. No other sport here can attest to the fact they compete in multiple seasons. Also, the golf team is returning its entire roster—something very impressive in collegiate athletics. Based on the fact that all members are returning, the squad should be looking to capture the inaugural Mountain East Conference title. The Binghamton, N. Y. native, Tim Wilson, is looking to establish himself as a leader this season. “We are definitely aiming for the top this season. As an experienced team, you have to be able to take advantage when an opportunity presents itself.  Hopefully we will come through,” Wilson said. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you don’t know much about the golf team. You should know that they practice nearby at Cress Creek, where head golf professional Keith Radar serves as the head coach of the Rams. Having a home course so close to campus is advantageous for the Rams, as travel time can always be a hassle for a concentration-based sport such as golf. “Definitely helps you keep your eye on the prize. Not having to worry about gas for travel is always a plus,” Wilson said. Also keep your eye out for rising senior Zach Weber. Last season, he made the All-WVIAC First Team and is looking to lead the line once again for the Rams. “Zach is a great presence to have. He never gets too high or too low. Even-keeled would be a great way to describe him,” Wilson said. If given the chance, get out and watch a practice this fall. Golf courses are already pretty plots of land, but during the fall they can be quite stunning, as evidenced by the changing foliage and water hazards. Maybe you will even pick up a new, fun, challenging and leisurely activity.