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Men's golf competed in GPAC tournament

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Junior Roger Sack lining up his stroke on a putt.

The Tigers teed up and stepped into the box for the GPAC men's golf tournament.

The tournament began on Tuesday and ended Wednesday.

The tournament was played at Dakota Dunes Golf Course in South Dakota. The course features rolling prairie hills, tight fairways, treacherous bunkers and a breathtaking view of the surrounding grasslands.

In short, a course that will test even a top golfers skill set.

Doane is not here for leisure, though, as head coach Myron Parsley said, nationals are on the line.

“We have to win GPAC to qualify for NAIA Nationals,” Parsley said. “We will need to play extremely well to close the gap.”

The team of five has had strong playing, Parsley said, with many top 4 finishes in the run-up to GPAC.

“We have had top 4 finishes in big tournaments, the Blue River Classic and Bethel Invite.  We also recently won our home event the CHCC Shoot-out,” Parsley said. “We’re looking forward to competing at GPAC on a challenging course, Dakota Dunes. We are lead by two juniors, both have had excellent seasons. The rest of our lineup is filled by three talented freshmen, and all three have shown the ability to shoot low scores.”

Junior Roger Sack said the relationships built between the team gives them an edge.

“It’s easy to get everyone on the same page and it’s also easy to develop good relationships with everyone,” Sack said. “However, in the play five, score four formats, the team can only afford to have one player have an off day. That’s the pressure of collegiate golf that the new freshman will hopefully be able to handle.”

Sack said from here, there is little holding the team back.

“I can only see this team improving,” Sack said. “We’re young. So no matter what happens this week, we’ll be able to draw off these experiences for next year”

Parsley said the team shares both a tight bond and great chemistry.

“There is a good bond among teammates,” Parsley said. “The team going to GPAC gets along very well and I anticipate them encouraging one another and playing well. Team chemistry is almost always an important factor in performing collectively at our best.”

Now, it is up to the team to succeed in a challenging course.