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Oct. 6, 2014

Stand out golfers boost records

By Kevin Alquist

At the halfway point of the Fall season, Cleveland State University has witnessed golfers tie individual records and break a school record. However, in team play, both the men and women are struggling.
Head coach Steve Weir is confident in both team’s ability to improve.

Pat Luth at the CSU Inviatational“We haven’t put together a full round yet,” Weir said. “We’re looking to get better each day and improve hole by hole. In golf, you can’t play defense so if the other golfers play well you can’t stop them.”

Individually, juniors Paul Minko and Allyson Hackerman, as well as senior Colleen Miller have all tied Cleveland State round records.

Minko shot a career-low four-under-par 66 in the first round of the St. Bonaventure Invitational, which tied the third lowest round in Cleveland State history.

On the women’s team, Hackerman and Miller finished the Roseann Schwartz Invitational in Vienna, Ohio with 72 shots. This tied Cleveland State’s individual records and helped the team finish runner-up with a record-low 296 shots.

“It’s a good way for them to start as leaders of a young team,” Weir said. “For the younger players, it’s about getting adjusted to Division I golf and teaching them how to go about daily practice.”

The men’s team finished in eighth place at their home event held at the Barrington Country Club in Aurora, Ohio on Sept. 29. The second day of the tournament was washed out due to rain.
Sophomore Pat Luth led the team by shooting rounds of 70 and 73, but he was disappointed with the final team result.

“It’s pretty disappointing because it’s our home course, Luth said. We didn’t play particularly well as a team. We’ve played it the most and are most familiar with it. We just didn’t play as well as we should have.”

Despite their current slump, Luth said he believes the team can return to the level of performance that won the Horizon League Championship last Spring.

“It’s been tough without some of the guys from last year but we know what we’ve got to do to win another Horizon League Championship,” Luth said. “After last season, we had a lot of expectations for this season.”

The women’s team is preparing for the Butler Invitational in Indianapolis Monday Oct. 6-7. They hope to bounce back from a disappointing performance at the Ball State Cardinal Classic where they finished in the bottom half in both rounds.

“We’ve spent the last few weeks getting ready and preparing, so hopefully we’ll be ready when we get to Butler,” Weir said.

Weir said the individual success of golfers have brought continued success to the program because both local and out-of-state players are coming to Cleveland State to play for the team.

“It’s about recruiting student athletes that want to work hard and getting good players to return every year,” Weir said.