Golf conference tournament approaches

The past weekend, Jackson sustained heavy rains that caused Madison County schools to miss school Thursday and Friday due to flooding conditions. It continued to rain Saturday and Sunday night. Senior accounting major Trey Whitnell didn’t think the golf tournament was going to happen this Monday and Tuesday.

“I didn’t think we were going to play with the conditions,” Whitnell said. “But the weather ended up being nice.”

Union’s golf team was still able to participate in The Grover Page Classic March 14 and 15. The tournament was hosted by the University of Tennessee at Martin at the Jackson Country Club. Union placed 10th in the tournament.

“The Grover Page Classic is one of my favorite tournaments to play in,” said sophomore business management major, Jon Sain. “They treat us well, feed us well, and incorporate Christian values through Fellowship of Christian Athletes.”

Sain said the fall season left the team with a lot of things to work on, but coming back to the spring, they have really shown a lot of improvement. He feels like his team has worked extremely hard to get where they are now.

“As an athlete, it’s always fulfilling to see all of the hard work you’ve put in paying off,” Sain said.

Though Union faced Division I teams like Martin, Samford University and Arkansas Tech University, they played well. The freshmen posted all three of their rounds in the 70s. Sain said the scores the team posted this tournament were scores they have been aiming for all year.

“We played well as a team,” Whitnell said. “The freshmen pulled through shooting the three lowest rounds for Union. The conditions were tough, but we managed to shoot well.”

The team has one more tournament left until they play in the Gulf South Conference Championship. Their next invitational will be held in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee April 4 and 5.

The Gulf South Conference will be held for the first time ever in Muscle Shoals, Alabama at the Trent Jones Golf Trail.

The women’s golf team played in the Christian Brothers University Spring Classic this Monday and Tuesday as well. The women’s team has been playing well this season, but this tournament proved to be difficult for the Lady Bulldogs.

“It was a challenging tournament this week,” said Joy Cooper, junior business management major. “We have some things we each need to work on before we return from spring break. I think we have a good chance at placing some good scores on the board.”

The women’s team also plays in Lawrenceburg in the Martin Methodist Invitational April 4 and 5.

The conference tournament will be held in Muscle Shoals April 17 through 19.