January 31, 2023

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‘Striving for greatness as a bunch’: Behind the historic males’s golf season

Will Hopkins seems to hit the ball through the first spherical of the Large 12 Golf Championship at Prairie Dunes Nation Membership on April 26, 2021. (Archive photograph by Sophie Osborn | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State males’s golf concluded its record-breaking fall slate for the 2022-23 season — a shocking begin to many, however not the workforce.

The Wildcats laid the groundwork for achievement final spring once they punched their ticket to the NCAA regionals. Making the postseason was a feat the workforce hasn’t completed since 2009.

“As soon as you will get that monkey off your again, one thing that’s been sort of lingering there, it offers you that confidence,” Will Hopkins, senior golfer, mentioned. “All of us went away for summer time, and noticed some particular person progress and got here again firstly of fall able to go.”

For Grant Robbins, head coach, this workforce was years within the making. 

“I knew after we first bought this group collectively that they have been going to be actually good, and I feel what we’re seeing this 12 months is the maturity,” Robbins mentioned. “Final 12 months we had some ups and downs, however we persevered and bought to regionals. Breaking the barrier there gave them some confidence, but additionally left them hungry for extra.”

The Wildcats did clear up their plate this fall. The workforce opened the season with three consecutive championships — a primary for this system.

“Successful that first match, second match after which third match … the expertise is invaluable and one thing we should always use to our benefit,” Hopkins mentioned. 

The workforce’s closeness, along with its expertise, has performed an enormous function of their success this season. 

“The identical group has kinda been collectively for a 12 months now. I feel they play for one another, and that basically helps,” Robbins mentioned. “Golf is a person sport however there’s additionally a workforce part, and when guys come collectively and play for one another, particular issues can occur and I feel we noticed that this fall.”

The autumn slate was undeniably distinctive from a participant’s perspective as nicely. 

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“In my time right here, the personnel has modified so much and it has made the groups not as intently [together] because the one we’ve this 12 months,” Hopkins mentioned. “All of us get on very nicely — we push one another … so we’re sort of striving for greatness as a bunch and that’s one thing that [is] serving to us every day.”

Togetherness, expertise and confidence all performed an enormous function for the workforce coming into the Large 12 Match Play Match and after the three championships. The perfect instance of this was tying of their head-to-head matchup with top-ranked Texas Tech.

“Simply trying on the numbers, they’re primary for a motive, however we’re additionally up there,” Cooper Schultz, redshirt sophomore golfer, mentioned. “We need to win. We anticipated to beat [Texas] Tech. That’s our factor, we go on the market and anticipate to win.” 

With the Match Play Match marking the top of the autumn slate, the expectation of profitable each matchup will nonetheless be outstanding within the spring. 

“We’re aiming for the very high. I feel for those who set the bar any decrease, you then’re simply doing a discredit for your self and the workforce,” Hopkins mentioned. “We simply need to carry on breaking the report books, getting via to the postseason, attending to that nationwide championship and finally lifting up that trophy as a workforce.”