Feb. 17, 2006
Before departing to Guadalajara, Mexico for the Club de Golf Santa Anita/North Texas Classic, Indiana men's golf head coach Mike Mayer took time to speak with IUHOOSIERS.com about the tournament. North Texas will host the event at the Club de Golf Santa Anita on Sunday-Monday, Feb. 19-20.
On the conditions the team will face:
"The conditions will be a little different than we are used to. Traditionally in Latin American countries, conditions aren't as good as what we play in here. We have a nice international touch to our team and guys accustomed to playing in all kinds of conditions. I don't anticipate any problems. One of our main concerns always at this time of the year is weather. We are playing against a lot of warm weather schools that have had more opportunities to play outside than we have. We'll have to overcome that, but besides that, we are ready to go."
On the freshmen:
"We're such a young team. Whenever you have three freshmen in your lineup you're going to have some ups and downs. We're hoping the freshmen have grown up a bit from the fall. We really need them to step up."
On senior Scott Seibert and sophomore Santiago Quirarte:
"We also need some leadership from our older guys. Senior Scott Seibert tied for sixth at the Big Ten Championships last season and has a vast amount of experience. He is key for us.
"Santiago is going back home to Mexico. He should be very familiar and very comfortable with the surroundings. I hope that boosts him a little bit as well."
On the field:
"There are a lot of Southern schools in the field. On paper, Houston is a very good team. They are a strong team and besides Indiana, they look like the team to beat."
On what to expect at the tournament:
"The ultimate statement is to go down there and win. That is our goal. We feel we can do that. It would be a nice bonus to come out strong. However, this early in the season we also are getting accustomed to playing golf again and getting our competitive juices flowing. It's a long spring. This tournament is a great opportunity to get some competition and practice in. If we get off to a good start, it would be a huge start for us."