One shot after three long rounds held the T-Wolves back from first place at the Maverick Invitational.
The ThunderWolves played in its second event of the fall season at the Maverick Invitational in Montrose, Colo.
The pack golf team was heading into the last round seven strokes behind to the leaders and had a mission to play aggressive and get a victory.
“Go out and fire at pins. We have a real chance to win this but we are going to need four low rounds to make up some ground,” said head coach Josh Koschke.
Koschke was not disappointed with his team shooting a final round score of even par 284. The team came to find out that it was one shot short of a playoff against the winning team Colorado School of Mines.
“It was a total team effort. Even though we lost by one stroke, I am still very proud of the team and how we moved forward and not backwards,” Koschke said.
Three of the ThunderWolves were battling an illness throughout the tournament and despite them being sick, they managed to finish really well.
“It always seems to be that when great athletes are really sick, they just play better,’ Koschke said.
The ThunderWolves felt better about the second place finish when they found out that a teammate won the tournament as an individual.
Sean Thomas shot rounds of 71-73-71 to take home individual honors. Thomas was one of the players with flu like symptoms.
“I felt so bad, I wasn’t even thinking about golf,” Thomas said. “I was thinking about my sickness and it took my mind off golf which can be a good thing.”
Thomas’ teammate and roommate during the tournament made him take Alka Seltzer during the trip.
“It is really nice to know that my teammates were concerned about my health and it made me push even harder on the course and not give up,” Thomas said.
Sean Kato finished the tournament strong after a first round 83 by shooting 70-73 to finish tied for Twenty-third.
“I am glad I turned it around because my first round did nothing for the team and I knew I needed to improve,” Kato said.
James Berry had a similar tournament as Kato did with a poor first round but a strong finish. Berry shot rounds of 79-75-70 to finish tied for eighteenth.
“The team needs to continue the steady play in the last two tournaments of the fall so we can be in good position going into the spring season,” Koschke said.
The ThunderWovles travel to Denver next to play the third event of the year. The team hopes to be healthy for the next to have the extra edge needed to succeed.
“We are going to carry over the momentum we have and hopefully get a victory next week,” Thomas said.