By Wade Foley
Since the Cedarville University Invitational was rained out on April 25, the Cougar’s golf team has been put in a tough position.
They need to finish as one of the top teams in the AMC championship at Apple Valley on May 5. The Cougars will have 54 holes to prove they belong in the postseason, and it will be the last chance to continue playing for two of the three seniors, since Alex Carroll is red-shirting this season.
After struggling for majority of the season, because of weather and inexperience, the Cougars had a nice showing at the MVNU Invitational.
They finished second out of six teams and hope to carry that play into the AMC tournament on May 5.
Coach Mike O’Hara knows it’s going to be very difficult to win the conference now, but he is hoping that his team still finishes strong.
“Our team has been very inconsistent this season and had a lot of ups and downs,” O’Hara said. “We have a lot of work to do to get better and to get where we need to be.
“We probably won’t win the conference to go to the postseason, but I hope the boys still give it their all,” O’Hara said.
Senior Jay Ruffner has led the way for the Cougars this season and is hoping to end his career with a strong finish.
“It’s been a rough season due to weather,” Ruffner said.
“I have always hated playing in rain, so it’s made a lot of the matches tough for us. “Still, I’ve had a great career at MVNU and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“My teammates and I have grown extremely close during our time here, and I will leave with a lot of good memories.”
O’Hara this season has been pleased with the perseverance and play of some of his players.
“Jay Ruffner and Matt Crouch have continued to play well all season,” O’Hara said. “It hasn’t been an easy season, but they both persevered and played with a lot of heart.”
Senior Cory Palmer has also elevated his game as of late and hopes to finish his career strong as well.
“Palmer has really come on the last three or four weeks,” O’Hara said. “He has been playing much better and has been as consistent as anyone the last few weeks.”
With only one match left to determine the Cougars’ season, O’Hara has already begun to look toward the future and make sure that next season’s team is ready.
“We should be greatly improved for next season,” O’Hara said. “We have several freshmen coming in who look very promising, and I think we are going to have a bright future.”
The Cougars have fought through a lot of adversity this season and are hoping to end the season on a good note.
Their last match of the season is on May 6 at the Apple Valley golf course.