Mason Buettner, Contributor Ω
Last weekend marked the end of the PACWEST golf season for the WolfPack as the team mustered a seventh place finish at the Chilliwack Golf and Country Club.
The team placed seventh in the three previous tournaments as well, finishing its fifth season sitting in seventh place in the overall standings. The University of Fraser Valley beat out Camosun College in a tiebreaker to become the league champions of 2012.
Chase Broadfoot was the only returning member of the WolfPack team for the 2012 season.
“It was fun being the only returning player this year, I got to share some wisdom and had some leadership [on the team],” said Broadfoot, who placed 21st overall in individual scoring, the highest of all WolfPack players.
Even though nine out of the 10 players on the roster were rookies, the WolfPack still had a great team dynamic.
“It was a lot of fun playing together,” said rookie Nic Corno who placed 24th in the overall individual standings.
Corno had a great start in the Chilliwack tournament, shooting a one-under score of 70 in the first round. He did not score as well on the second day, recording a 10-over score of 81.
“[The tournament] went well on the first day and horrible on the second… I wanted to put in some good scores before next season,” Corno said.
“We had three practices a week and spent every weekend together,” Broadfoot said. “We were a really close-knit group.”
Despite the success the team had in developing camaraderie and a strong team dynamic over the season, it did not translate into success on the course.
“We didn’t perform at the level we wanted to all year. We didn’t get together and achieve the scores we wanted to. There wasn’t much consistency.”
Now that the season is over, the members of the WolfPack golf team can only look ahead to next September when they will come together again.
“Looking forward to next season, we would like a bit more repetition and spend some time on the mental side of the game,” Broadfoot said. “I have higher expectations for next year.”
As for training in the offseason, there are not many options for the golfers. The WolfPack members can choose to train at an indoor simulator, travel to warmer destinations for an expensive round of golf, or simply stick to a workout routine.
The WolfPack golf team holds qualifiers at the end of the summer each year to pick who will be representing TRU in the coming season. That being said, it is possible that we could see an entirely different golf team in the 2013.
“It will be a tough team to make this year,” Broadfoot said.