April 19, 2012

 

Captains' Corner is a weekly update from a captain or leader of one of the RedHawks' 19 teams that will run every other Thursday throughout the academic year. Today's update is from men's golf's Ben Peacock, a junior from Marshall, Mich., who prepped at Marshall High School and is majoring in finance.

Progress. One definition of progress from dictionary.com is, "the development of an individual or society in a direction considered more beneficial than and superior to the previous level."

Progress is something our team is experiencing in full force. Golf is a game where there is no upper bound for how good an individual or team can be. It is also a game that can be humbling, and for anyone who has ever played, downright frustrating at times.

One thing I think everyone on our team has learned this year is that what matters more is how you handle it when things aren't going your way. Does it get under your skin and ruin the rest of your round/season/career? Or do you accept it, learn from it, and move on to the next shot.

I can say with certainty that the seven players on this team have grown a great deal as players and people from late August to today, and we will continue to grow. We are a different team than we were in the fall, and for the better. Much of this can be attributed to our new coach, Zac Zedrick, and the foundations that he has laid out for us. We now all have a common vision for the program and know where we want to be. We have a goal in place to be consistently ranked in the top 25 in the country, and getting there starts with what we do tomorrow.

Some of our signs of progress this spring have been a fourth-place finish at the MAC Match play championship, a fourth-place finish at Penn State (season best stroke play finish), and several individual successes. Freshman Luke Shaughnessy shot a career low and team season low 67 in the final round at Florida Atlantic University. Two players had under par tournament finishes at Central Florida's tournament, including junior Brett Tomfohrde shooting a 3-under par 213 to finish in a tie for 10th.

We head to Purdue this Friday to play a great golf course and test ourselves yet again to see where we are at. I am very excited to build upon the progress we have made thus far and to continually get better both individually and as a team. After Purdue, we will go to the MAC Championship hosted by Northern Illinois at Rich Harvest Farms outside Chicago.

I want to finish by saying I am fortunate to be teammates with a great group of young men, each of whom I could trust with anything, and also each of whom I know has the same desire to improve that I do. I also want to thank everyone in the athletic department for all of their hard work, and for providing us with all of the necessary resources we need to succeed in our sport.

Our coach's wife, Amanda, has coined the acronym GALBE, standing for "get a little better every day." It sounds simple, but if we continue to keep this in the back of our minds moving forward, I am confident we can and will succeed.

Love and Honor,
Ben Peacock