Next week, as students head south for warmer weather, the Penn State men’s golf team will follow as its spring season continues.
The Nittany Lions will go to South Carolina for the Colleton River Collegiate hosted by Michigan State. They will also be competing against Michigan during the week.
Last weekend, the Lions were bested by the Spartans, 2.5 to 1.
“I thought both teams were very focused, and we played well overall, MSU who has a good team played just a little better in a couple of matches that could’ve gone either way,” coach Greg Nye said.
Overall this spring the Lions are 0-2, as they fell to Wisconsin in the Big Ten match play championships earlier this month.
The Lions have yet to have a home match and have been as far as Texas in their season so far, but Nye believes it does not hurt the team.
“Our opponents face the same by in large,” he said. “It is a part of college sports, and sure it takes a toll sure, but you have to rise above it.”
Their only home match of the season will come on April 20 and 21 at the Rutherford Intercollegiate.
One golfer to watch this weekend is freshman Geoff Vartelas, who won his match at the Big Ten match play championships, and split his match at the Challenge of Champions in Texas last weekend.
In terms of preparation for next week, Nye said that the team has been getting more rounds in on the course.
The Lions will have to pick up their scoring, as they have won just two matches in their last two outings, losing by a combined score of 6.5-2.
“We would like to see our guys get more into the flow of playing, and turn in a better scoring threshold from everyone.
The Lions will try to grab their first victory of the spring season on March 6-7.