Dropping temperatures aren’t just changing the color of the leaves; they are changing how the BYU men’s golf team attacks the course.
“It’s tough, you know,¨ said Senior BYU golfer Zac Blair. ¨You don’t play in those types of conditions a lot. But you know, you just have to be mentally strong and just know that everybody’s playing the same course in the same conditions.”
Those conditions include frigid hands, frosty fairways, and rock-hard greens that players say inhibit their feel for the game.
Cold temperatures and snow make it difficult for the golf team to play and practice during the winter. To stay active and on top of their game, the Cougars migrate to the Indoor Practice Facility on campus or south to St. George for warmer weather.
Coach Bruce Brockbank says that finding ways to practice to keep their short game precise is the priority.
“I’m going to encourage them a lot to just continue to work on their short game,” said Coach Brockbank. “If they’ll do some of that and continue to keep their long game sharp, we’ll definitely see some improvement.”
The Cougars carded a 4th place finish at the Mackenzie Invitational last week and have one more tournament on the fall schedule. If they avoid hibernation, winter is the prep time for the team to have a successful year.
The team escapes to sunny California next week to end their fall season at the Pacific Invitational before winter season begins February 20th in tropical Hawai’i.