BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern men's golf team begins its spring season in March, as the Panthers look to improve on their past outings in the fall season.
BSC head coach Richard Schmidt is looking for his squad to play up to potential as they hit the links in 2019.
"In the fall, the guys were inconsistent and didn't live up to their potential," he said. "I'm expecting better scores in the spring and to compete better. And we usually shoot better scores in the spring anyways."
In order for the Panthers to achieve what they are capable of achieving, Schmidt says his players will have to step up and show out. And there are a few student-athletes he believes will have to be at the top of their game in order to do that.
"Of course, I really need my senior Colin MacLane (Oviedo, Fla./The Master's Academy), my best player, to step up," Schmidt said. "He has to play well for us to do well in tournaments."
There's also a new face that the Panthers believe can make a difference with good play this season.
"We've got one new transfer, Sammy Brucker (Franklin, Tenn./Furman), from Furman," he said. "I think he'll be a good contributor to the team."
If the team can play up to its talent and potential, Schmidt says, the Panthers can have a good spring season.
"I believe we can have a pretty good year, but – and it's cliché – I just need the guys to do what they're capable of doing and we'll be fine. I have no doubt," he said.
Birmingham-Southern will start its season at the Jekyll Island Collegiate on March 15-17 after its original season-opener, the Callaway Gardens Collegiate, was rained out.
"The Jekyll Island tournament is a good tournament with a good field," Schmidt said. "It'll be a good test and if you do well in that tournament it can catapult you for the rest of the spring with good finishes there."
The men will follow up the Jekyll Island tournament with the Wynlakes Intercollegiate on April 1-2 and then the Rhodes Spring Classic April 14-16.
"The tournament Rhodes is having is a new tournament that's up in Memphis," Schmidt said. "It's at a good golf course, so we're excited about the chance to play in that."
The Panthers will then test their mettle against the rest of the league in the Southern Athletic Association Championship tournament in Dickson, Tenn., April 25-28.
"The conference tournament is at the same place as it was last year, and everyone's seen that golf course," Schmidt said. "There shouldn't be any surprises there."
Heading into the SAA tournament, the Panthers will need to find their rhythm and compete well for a chance to win the conference championship and get into the NCAA tournament.
"They can do it," Schmidt said. "They can definitely do it. I think we just have to have everyone going at the same time. This team can shoot the same scores that any other team can shoot, we just have to do it all together at the same time."
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