Golf team prepares for first invitational of the season

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The BYU men’s golf team gears up for their new season with an experienced group of golfers as they participate in the Husky Invitational September 17-18.

BYU men’s golf is coming off a third-place finish in the WCC last season and has put in a lot of hard work since.

Coach Todd Miller has been impressed with the work ethic of the team and is eager to get the season going.

“Our guys had a really good summer,” Miller said. “We hope to keep that momentum going throughout the year.”

Zac Blair

They will have their first big test Monday and Tuesday at the Husky Invitational in Washington.

Miller said the team is looking for a top five finish, but  it will not come easy because there will probably be seven teams out of the 15 competing that are ranked in the top 20.

“Last year we struggled with getting three and four good scores,” Miller said. “If our team can come together and have a solid game then I know we will be in the top five this year.”

One of the main reasons the BYU men’s golf team is able to compete with the main competition is because they have one of the top amateurs in the world in Zac Blair.

“He holds us together and gives us the opportunity to be great,” Miller said of Blair.

Last year Blair was named part of the All-WCC Golf Team and part of the Ping All-America Third Team. This year he is on Golf World’s Top 50 Male Players to Watch List. As he heads into his senior year he just hopes to continue to get better.

“I want to be a good leader and keep practicing,” Blair said. “Ultimately, the goal is to get to the NCAA regionals and compete on a national level.”

He knows he needs to take one invitational at a time, but plans on enjoying it all.

“We definitely can compete,” Blair said. “We have basically the same team with a few changes. It should be a fun year¬†collectively.”

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