Golf prepares for ODAC and NCAA Tournaments

Guilford Colleges men’s golf team, the defending 2017 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Champions, are ranked top ten in Division III and are hungry for another ODAC title.

Coach Justin Tereshko anticipates his athletes to train hard in preparation. For practice this late in the season he has individualized it, so each athlete can improve where they need to.

“Everyone is pretty much doing their own thing,” said Tereshko. “We have specific things that each of them can work on to get them ready for the course at conference.”

Defending ODAC champion Josh Hill, last year First Team All-Conference selection sophomore Zachary Evans, and walk-on phenom sophomore James Mishoe rounds out the top three selections for this year’s five athletes to represent Guilford at conference.

Tereshko says that, for the last two slots, the remaining team will compete for them. He says that the five athletes who go to conference, often compete in the NCAA Division III set of matches as well.

“We played well this spring and put ourselves into a position where, hopefully, we are playing in NCAAs no doubt,” said Tereshko. “It will be a month between ODACs and NCAA tournaments, so it is important that their minds are sharp and ready to go.”

Senior Harrison Frye says that during that month between ODAC tournament and the NCAA tournament, the team will continue training and preparing.

“We adjust the yardage we practice at so that it matches the courses we will play for ODACs and the NCAA tournament,” said Frye. “The course we are playing for the NCAAs is also one of our home courses, so we will begin to practice out there a lot more after conference.”

Frye says that his experience in the ODACs and NCAA tournaments are something he believes will help boost team morale. He knows the atmosphere can change quickly and is accustomed to this.

“I can best contribute by playing good golf and shooting the low scores that are necessary in the ODAC and NCAA tournaments,” said Frye. “I believe having been there before and knowing what it takes can help both my own game and those on our team who haven’t been there before”

On April 6-7, the team competed in the Division III Match Play Invitational. They finished in third after beating Lynchburg College, Webster University and Greensboro College.

The battle of defending their title begins Sunday, April 22 at Champions Course, Bryan Park in Greensboro. It will continue throughout the early parts of the week and conclude on Tuesday April 24.