By Eric Sisson, Chattanooga, Tenn., — The men’s golf team has collectively put in extra work during the offseason in an array of different tournaments which is a large part of the regular season successes.
“The summer golf schedule is extremely important,” men’s golf coach Mark Guhne said. “If you are not out there competing you are falling behind. If you are going to play at a high level you have to play and continue to be in that competitive mindset.”
Two particular Moc golfers that have performed well against stiff competition over the summer are juniors Wes Gosselin, Knoxville, and Brooks Thomas, from Chattanooga.
Thomas tied for second place in both the Signal Mountain Invitational and North Georgia Invitational. In the Signal Mountain Invitational, Thomas was defeated only after a sudden death playoff in five holes.
Gosselin put together two fourth-place finishes. One came in the Tennessee State Open in Gallatin, Tenn. while the other was at the Spirit of America Championship in Decatur, Ala. Gosselin’s finest performance, however, came in the State Amateur Tournament where he finished second place.
“I felt good with how I played,” Gosselin said. “I was in contention to win a couple of times, but I never quite got it down. I think the number one most important thing is just to get a little better every day.”
Gosselin feels playing in tournaments during the offseason is critical to his in-season performance, noting competition always makes you a better player.
“Having a good summer under my belt definitely makes the college season look a little more pleasing,” Gosselin said. “Practicing golf is one thing, but when you can get out and actually have to hit a certain shot that is a lot more pressure. There is a consequence there if you don’t hit it well. In practice you don’t have that.”
Both Gosselin and Thomas will be relied on heavily by the Mocs this season as they look to win their third straight SoCon tournament with a very young team behind them.
Guhne acknowledges the success the two started having towards the end of last season and hopes for that to continue into the 2015 campaign.
“They started to learn a lot about playing golf at a higher level,” Guhne said. “They have been able to carry what we were working on into the summer. It has really paid off. Between those two guys, you are not going to find someone that works harder than them. This is what they want, and it shows. I’m excited about us teeing up.”