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Golfers combat Cleveland climate

Photo courtesy of CSU Athletics

By Stephanie Metzger
April 4, 2013

The winter weather in Cleveland has long overstayed its welcome and the Cleveland State University men’s golf team has felt its effects.

Most recently, the team traveled to Memphis, Tenn. for the Memphis Intercollegiate Invitational, where they finished in 13th place out of 16. The weather conditions were much like Cleveland’s, and head coach Steve Weir noted the effects of the weather had on his team.

“Memphis was a bit of a struggle for us,” Weir said. “They were the toughest conditions I’ve ever been a part of in college golf. We played 36 holes in wind chills that never got above 30.”

Weir also noted that the local weather has impeded the team from receiving the practice it needs outside on the course. The weather conditions this season often leave the team wondering when they’ll even get to practice – and where they’ll practice.

“This spring has been as challenging as I can remember,” Weir said. This week, the team is just looking for a course that’s open for play, meaning the team may have to travel to southern Ohio to get on the green.

Despite their battle against the climate, the Vikings have worked hard to overcome the obstacles. Team Captain Michael Klaric hasn’t posted the team’s best scores this season, but his leadership has made a difference.

“He’s struggled on the golf course the last couple of tournaments, but he’s always the one motivating the guys,” Weir explained. “He’s a leader by example and can be vocal when he needs to be.”

Junior Andrew Bailey has also made an impact this season as he’s currently on pace to break every scoring record in school history this year. Weir noted Bailey’s consistency, especially during the team’s spring tournament in Jacksonville, Fla. He finished runner-up in the tournament, posting a career-low final round with a score of 67. The score tied him at fifth in ranking for the lowest round in Cleveland State history.

Bailey was named the Horizon League Player of the Week for the week of March 20 and was named the Horizon League Player of the year as a sophomore last season.
The Vikings’ golf team has three tournaments remaining in their season, the next being the Detroit Titans Invitational next weekend.

With spring finally here, the team is hoping for better weather and a better ending.