Davidson Named Captain
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University men's golf coach Mike Mayer announced Tuesday that Ben Davidson will be the captain of the 2002-03 Hoosier squad.
"Ben Davidson has really took it upon himself to become a better golfer and leader and I think that he will be a huge asset to our team this year," Mayer said. "I think Ben can immediately give this team leadership, a department that we have struggled with in the past."
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Davidson is the highlighted story in the rebuilding of the IU golf program. In his first two years, Davidson played in only 18 tournaments, carding an average of 76.78. This past season however, Davidson carded a 74.94 average in 33 round,s and fired a career best 36-hole (143), 54-hole (214) and 72-hole (286) at the Big Ten Championship, while finishing tied for sixth with rounds of 72-71-71-72.
"This summer coach and I talked about how much I could help the team this year and I told him I was willing to do whatever was needed for our team to be successful," said Davidson. "Leadership is key for a team to succeed, and it's just an honor to be named captain."
Davidson and the Hoosiers begin the season this Friday at the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis. The senior captain notes that last year's disappointing 15th-place finish is something that is in their mind, but far from what they believe will happen this weekend.
"We certainly didn't get off to a good start last year," he replied. "I don't think we have different mindsets this year, but we are far more focused and confident about our team and what we can do. I think this will be the start to a very successful season of Indiana golf."
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