By: Andrew Preston
For Trevecca men’s head golf coach, David Head, winning a fourth consecutive Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) championship is the goal for the season.
Head is entering his second full season as Director of Golf (men’s and women’s head coach) at Trevecca.
Last season the men’s golf team won the G-MAC tournament by a single stroke. Something unprecedented in the sport.
“We worked hard all spring and we did the best we could to prepare and we got out there and we were behind on the last day, but we ended up making a final push and were able to win just by a shot, a narrow margin of victory. In college golf, one shot is extremely close,” said Head.
In the G-MAC tournament last spring, the Trojans edged out foe Alderson Broaddus by the single stroke for a three-round total of 982 (328-332-322).
The Trojans fall golf season was highlighted by an outstanding effort from lone freshman, Larken Whittemore. Whittemore was a two time G-MAC player of the month in September and October. Whittemore was the first recruit made by Coach Head as the Trojans roster is lead mostly by an experienced bunch of juniors and seniors.
“I couldn’t be happier with the success he’s had so far and the effort he’s putting forth to try and continue to get better. He has set some ambitious goals for the year, and I think he has a great chance of accomplishing what he wants to do. He’s a good player, but he’s also a good young man,” said Head.
The Trojans won the Trevecca Fall Invitational last October competing at Old Hickory Country Club, one of four “home” courses the golfers enjoy. That tournament was the last they competed in for the fall semester.
“Anytime you win your home tournament is good. Playing at home always brings the added comfort as well as expectations. It was a good win, we beat some good teams. It was a great way to end the fall semester, a win is a win and I so hope that carries over to this year,” said Head.
For the spring season, the Trojans will not have the luxury of hosting their own tournament. The closest tournament they will compete in is the Bulldog Invitational at the Windtree Golf Course, in Mt. Juliet. As with all other G-MAC sports, travelling has been a persistent issue for student-athletes.
“We travel in a van or mini-bus, a lot of times when we travel it is a six, seven or eight hour drive, so when you are cooped up in a van for that length of a period of time and you get of the van and have to go play golf it is really tough. It impacts us, but every other team is doing the same thing, in a perfect world we are able to travel a day ahead of time” said Head.
The Trojans will travel as far as Ohio, Mississippi and Arkansas for competitions this season, with Batavia, Ohio being the closest at 291 miles or four and a half hours away. The G-MAC championships will be held at Liberty Township, north of Cincinnati good for a four hour forty five minute drive. Finally, tournaments in Madison, MS and Danville, AR are six and six and a half hour drives respectively.
“I have all good kids. They’re committed to being Christian-Scholar-Athletes, in that order. Golf is extremely important to us, but so is being good Christians and good students as well and I take that very serious,” said Head.
Feb. 29- Day 1- MC Invitational- Mississippi College
Mar. 1- Day 2- MC Invitational- Mississippi College
Mar. 7- Day 1- Dave Falconer Classic- Arkansas Tech
Mar. 8- Day 2- Dave Falconer Classic- Arkansas Tech
Mar. 21- Day 1- Bulldog Invitational- Cumberland University
Mar. 22- Day 2- Bulldog Invitational- Cumberland University
April 2- Day 1- The Jewell Midwest Regional- Bellarmine University
April 3- Day 2- The Jewell Midwest Regional- Bellarmine University
April 18- Day 1- G-MAC Championships
April 19- Day 2- G-MAC Championships