WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - The Midwestern State men's golf team is back in the postseason for the 10th year in a row after winning its second-straight Lone Star Conference championship.
The Mustangs success starts with the sophomore who earned Lone Star conference golfer of the year after putting together the second best scoring average in school history.
“Coming from last year I didn’t have too much of a good semester," Lone Star Conference golfer of the year Jake Doggett said. "Being able to go out there and play good with the team and good individually at conference and also get LSC gofler of the year, it just meant a lot to me.
"I put in a lot of hard work and just (meant) a lot to the team, a lot to coach and it was just good for the guys.”
The win in Abilene for the Lone Star Conference title was the third victory for the Mustangs this season.
In their nine tournaments this season, MSU finished top-three in five of those and senior Clayton Meyers contributes their consistency to their depth.
“This year more than others, we are a little bit deeper one through five,” MSU senior Clayton Meyers said. In the past we have kind of struggled to get that fourth or fifth score counted so I think when you can go out and be kind of free, I think that’s really helpful and kind of makes your team successful all year."
The Mustangs will try to carry that success into the regional tournament on a golf course MSU Texas is unfamiliar with.
Sand Hollow Golf Resort is more than 1,000 miles away in Hurricane, Utah and the golfers say their approach is everything.
“I think it makes the practice round that much more important," Meyers said. "I think you need to go up there and kind of have the right mindset and take really good notes and even be pretty patient throughout your first couple of holes that first day because it’s going to be a different atmosphere. You’re going to have to be patient for it to work out.”
“The ball travels further usually," sophomore Doggett said. "When you get to a new course you have to be patient, learn the course, learn how the greens are and just learn how its playing. Make sure you are staying comfortable and confident and just go out there and play your game.”
MSU comes in as one of the younger teams in the tournament, having three underclassmen start; which bodes well for the programs future.
But as one of the two contributing seniors, Meyers says this tournament means a little more.
“It goes by so fast," Mustang senior Meyers said. "I try to take it one day at a time, enjoy it. Especially the older you get, you know it is going to end as some point so you try to enjoy it and have fun with it.”
The Mustangs tee off in the final group in round one on Thursday, May 9.