A Q&A with Coach Mayer
Bloomington, Ind. --Starting week two of practice, Indiana men's golf head coach Mike Mayer recently took time to evaluate his team's progress. With less than two weeks before its first tournament, the team completed its first qualifying rounds this past weekend. Qualifying wraps up this weekend, with the top four golfers earning a chance to compete.
Mayer is satisfied with what he has seen, and he is excited to get started. He is counting down the days to the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Michigan on September 20-21.
Talk about your first week of practice:
"We had a good first week of practice. We are not ready yet, but we still have two weeks to prepare for the Northern. Last year, we just jumped right into action. This year, we will end up having three weeks of practice before we face any competition."
How did the first weekend of qualifying go?
"After the first qualifying rounds, it's no surprise that Jeff Overton is dominating. He is a dominant golfer, and we expect that. We have players who are scoring low, and others who are trying to join them. Four golfers are really solid, with four on the verge of playing real well. I would like to see one of them really explode and play good golf this weekend. The top four golfers through qualifying will play in the Northern. The coaches will select the fifth member of our team, and we will select one player who will compete individually. I'm expecting everyone to get better."
Have there been any surprises?
"Thus far, Ryan Cassidy has been a very pleasant surprise. He has played very strong and with a lot of confidence. I'm very happy with his play, and how well he has played through the qualifying rounds."
Where do you think your team is at this point?
"After this weekend, we will be much more prepared for the Northern. Monday was our best practice thus far. We still have a long way to go. The scores are not quite good enough and not quite where we want them."
How have your freshmen performed their first week at IU?
"Our freshmen are making typical freshmen mistakes. David Butwell got off to a rough start in his qualifying rounds last weekend, but he came back strong. Andrew Temple was the exact opposite. He started off very strong before tailing off in the final two rounds. Tad Sacheck is one of the most talented guys we have, but he has to learn more about playing at this level."
Talk about the upcoming Northern Intercollegiate:
"We are jumping right into a tough tournament. Seven Big Ten teams and seven teams outside the Big Ten that are ranked in our region will be competing at the event. It will be a competitive field, and we will have to be on top of our game in order to do well."
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