By Ismael Morales |Staff Writer|
Spring Forward Fall Back not only applies to day light savings time but also applies to the CSUSB’s golf team during this current season.
The fall season was not very successful or the Coyotes but the Coyotes game has sprung forward in the spring season.
“The team has improved from how they performed in the fall to how they are now performing in the spring,” Said Coach Tom Mainez Jr.
The Coyotes golf team just came back from the Stanislaus/Haney Invitational where they placed 6th overall. Although this did not place them in the top five of the tournament the Coyotes continue to golf better in the spring than how they golfed in the fall.
“This past tournament in Stanislaus is the first time all season that the Coyotes led after the first round,” said Coach Mainez.
The Coyotes highest placing was 2nd at the University of California, San Diego Triton Invitational during the fall. These results seems like the golf team took a step back instead of moving forward. Besides placing 2nd, all of their other finishes were in the lower rankings ranging from 9th to as low as 12th during their fall tournaments.
The Coyotes have shown more consistency during their spring tournaments placing 7th twice, 9th only once and placing as high as 5th at the Pioneer Shootout which was hosted by Cal State Eat Bay and of course in their most recent tournament they placed 6th.
Coach Mainez, in part, attributes his team’s slow start to this season and losing their first round lead in the past tournament in Stanislaus to lack of focus, confidence and mental toughness. These are all areas Coach Mainez wants to see his team improve in.
The team also consists of three freshmen which is part of the reason why the Coyotes started off slow.
“It’s tough for kids to transition from high school to college golf, they go from playing 9 holes to playing 18 holes fatigue is a definite factor,” said Coach Mainez.
The Coyotes will next play a regional tournament.
“Our goal is to finish top five in regional in order to qualify for the national tournament and that will be a successful season for us,” said Coach Mainez.
The tournament consists of two regional tournaments with 10 teams. The tournament will be played in a round robin style with the top five teams qualifying to the national tournament.
Kenny Pigman, a senior is the Coyotes best player but they will be losing him at seasons end. Pigman has placed first twice this season and has also placed second two times.
“Garret Howard has the potential to be the Coyotes next best golfer,” said Coach Mainez
During the spring Howard averaged a 76.1 in 12 rounds.
Coach Mainez has high hopes for next season. With experienced sophomores and talented recruits the Coyotes hope to have a better 2011/2012 season.