As the summer comes to a close, the Hillsdale golf team is looking toward the fall season. Its first of four tournaments begins Monday in Columbus, Indiana, at the G‑MAC Fall Invitational. The tournament will last two days at the Otter Creek Golf Club.
Balancing internships and golf in the offseason, the Chargers feel they’re at a point to compete early in the semester, according to head coach Nathan Gilchrist.
“Everyone has played in some tournaments, trying to stay sharp and become mentally tougher in a competitive environment,” he said.
Junior Ryan Zetwick said he is excited to start playing and feels the team is prepared to do well.
“I think that the whole team is very excited for the fall,” Zetwick said. “We all worked really hard over the summer and I know most of us played in some tournaments so we should all be fresh and ready to go right away.”
The team’s confidence is helped in part by the addition of six freshman golfers.
“All of them are great players and have the opportunity to play in tournaments right away if they play well in qualifying,” Gilchrist said.
The heightened competitive atmosphere brought by these new players and returning stars like senior Liam Purslowe, a G‑MAC Player of the Week in the spring and top finisher at the G‑MAC Championship in April, add excitement to the year ahead.
“This year’s team has a lot of depth and at any time a different player could earn a spot in the starting line up,” Gilchrist said.
The feeling is shared by those on the team as well.
“We definitely have the talent to be the best team in our conference this year,” Zetwick said.