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SHSU golf prepares for spring opener

Contributing Reporter

Published: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Updated: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 23:02

After a successful fall season for both Sam Houston State’s men and women’s golf, both teams are posed to continue on their success in their spring opening tournaments.

Follow a strong fall outing, including finding a seat on national polls, junior transfer Zach Cabra and senior Albert Miner fueled the Bearkats men’s team alongside freshman Kline Kotz.

Cabra currently holds a school and course record-holder for his round score of 62 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate hosted by Southern Mississippi. Despite his reputation as a power source in the Southland Conference, Cabra said he isn’t satisfied with his fall scores.

Head Men’s Golf Coach Brad Kieschnick said he expects Cabra to exceed his status quo.

“I expect Zach Cabra to continue the success he had in the fall,” Kieschnick said. “Zach really matured on how to play well consistently and the process of learning to win and be in contention.”

Kieschnick said he expects his men to strive toward the SLC title as they continue to put in daily work leading to the season opener.

“I want our players to learn why they play well and build on that to become even better,” he said.

The women’s team on the other hand have talented youth compared to the men’s veteran experience and leadership.

An impressive fall by sophomore Nicole Budnik and freshmen Paige Nelson and Brooke Fouts gave the women’s team a positive outlook for their spring season.

“We’ve been having lots of team meetings going over our short game, and practicing our short game, because at [Division I] everyone can hit the ball well,” Fouts said. “It’s getting down to being in situations to hit birdies, putting and chipping also come into play.”

The expectations for Fouts and the rest of her team were made clear: to win conference at the end of the season, Fouts said.

“That’s our number one goal,” Fouts said. “That’s why we play in these tournaments leading up to the most important tournament in Conference.”

Although winning conference is the goal, it’s not enough, Fouts said.

“We hope to go onto regionals then nationals, but we also hope to get a good finish this week in the Louisiana tournament,” she said.

The women begin their spring season at the McNeese State Cowgirl Invitational Feb. 10-11. The men start the race to conference at the UTSA Oak Hill Invitational Feb. 9-10.

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