University of Sioux Falls Golfers Swing for Success
The Cougars men and women's golf team have been on an elongated halftime since October.
The second half of the Cougars golf season will start shortly, and they will look to pick up right where they left off. In their last tournament, the Northern Sun Conference tournament, the men and women found success. Senior Jordan Mueller finished the fall NSIC conference tournament two strokes ahead of the field, and sophomore Tavia Rutherford finished in seventh place on the women's side. As a team, the men finished second to St. Cloud State (eight strokes back), and the women finished in fourth.
This spring, head coaches Brett and Jenny Coluccio are excited and believe it's going to be a fast season, and exciting season. Going into the second half of the golf season on the men's side, senior leaders Jordan Mueller and Levi Smith will be fun to watch. The Coluccio's say its going to especially fun to sit back and watch Mueller play. "He's really fun to watch. He's developed a lot, and is really smart and knows when to attack. He allows the freshman to play with less pressure, and doesn't need a lot of on course attention. "
On the women's side, Rutherford, sophomore Tia Niahart, senior Kali Gottsleben, and freshman Sara Swaney will fun to watch. Jenny Coluccio noted it will be great to have Gottsleben's senior leadership back after being diagnosed with West Nile, and missing the fall season. Gottsleben hadn't missed a collegiate event in her career since last fall.
Since the men and women haven't been able to swing a golf club on the fresh cut green grass, they have been sharpening their skills inside. The men and women have been working on their strength and conditioning to improve flexibility, practicing fundamental skill work in the Stewart Center, and preparing mentally for the upcoming golf season.
The Coluccio's say it will be interesting to see how their indoor practices will translate to their outdoor practices and tournaments, but in the offseason, they have noticed a lot of improvement in the team, and especially in the freshman. "We are excited about the young players that have worked really hard to gain experience and we hope all the work they have put in with the snow on the ground inside will lead into the spring season."
This weekend, the Cougars will hit a golf ball off the grass outside and see the ball fly in the sky for the first time in Springfield, Missouri on March 10 and 11th. Cougar fans can see the men in action in Sioux Falls at Elmwood Golf Course on March 24 and 25th. The women will play in an tournament hosted by Augustana on April 13 and 14th at Prairie Green Golf Course.