Women’s Golf Finishes Sixth at Conference USA Championship

April 20, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

The SMU women’s golf team finished sixth this weekend at the 2011 Conference USA Women’s Golf Championship at the Peninsula Golf Racquet Club. The Mustangs were just nine strokes away from the first place finishers.

SMU has three top-20 finishers with Amy Ruengmateekhum, Felicia Espericueta and Maria Elena Villamil. The Freshman Ruengmateekhun tied for 10th place overall after shooting a 76 on day three.

Coaching Legend Named Women’s Golf Head Coach

April 13, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marisaa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

Former Aggies coach Jeanne Sutherland was named head coach for the Lady Mustang golf team this week. Sutherland was a two-time regional Coach of the Year and four-time conference Coach of the Year during her 15 years at Texas A&M.

Director of Athletics Steve Orsini says that Sutherland’s record of success is what SMU needs to play on a competitive national level.

Sutherland record is almost spotless. She transformed the A&M program into one of the best in the nation. While Sutherland was with A&M the Aggies were consistently in the top 25 national rankings. Once she took control of the program the Aggies captured 13 tournament crowns and three Big 12 Conference titles. Prior to Sutherland’s arrival the Aggies had limited success.

SMU Country Club Sports: Men’s Tennis and Golf Updates

October 5, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan
kryan@smu.edu

SMU golfer Kelly Kraft tied for runner-up honors at the Cabo Collegiate golf tournament in Mexico yesterday. The SMU team finished fourth overall.

Former SMU tennis player Johan Brunstrom won his first major tennis tournament this weekend. He placed first in doubles at the Swiss Open with partner Jarkko Nieminen. SMU tennis coach Carl Neufeld remains Brunstrom’s coach and was by his side, coaching him to victory at the Swiss Open.

SMU Men’s Golf: Gopher Invitational

September 14, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan
kryan@smu.edu

The SMU men’s golf team traveled to Wayzata, Minn. this week to compete in the Gopher Invitational. The team finished ninth overall out of 11 teams.

Kelly Kraft was in second place after two rounds of play, but he finished the invitational in fifth place.

Kraft is a senior and a leader on the team. His junior year, Kraft was ranked the No. 1-ranked college golfer in the nation by GolfWeek.

Check SMUmustangs.com for updates on the golf team.

Opinion Blog: The All-American Comeback

April 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Christina Murphy

With the Masters teeing off this weekend, America has their eyes on the golfer who is now the most controversial athlete in the world, Tiger Woods. Once the world’s most untouchable competitor, Tiger has to overcome the loss of many fans while competing for the sport’s most prestigious trophy, the Green Jacket.

While Tiger’s reputation is in its highest state of jeopardy, the golfer has admitted he is nervous to take to the greens in Augusta, Georgia, fearing that his fans might be absent and the verbal rift raft might be disturbing. But come on, Tiger! Are you that naïve? America loves the comeback kid. There isn’t one celebrity who hasn’t prevailed from adversity. If Kobe and President Clinton are getting away with the unthinkable, you will too, Tiger!

The Easter dinner table topic was a divisive one to say the least. The baby boomers, such as my parents, think Tiger has ruined his reputation and it will not be forgotten. However, those of us Generation X thinkers believe Tiger will get past the scandal once he makes the cut this weekend at the Masters. Although Tiger isn’t par for the course in the minds of Americans, he will soon remind fans and competitors why he is a force to be reckoned with and soon everyone will forgive him for his faults.

People forget that humans are the most resilient creatures. Although Tiger’s wrongdoings are unacceptable and won’t be forgotten, he, as an individual, will move on because time always heals. Like the cliché says, “what doesn’t kill us, will only make us stronger.” He will prevail. Because the game of golf is known as a testament for gentleman and reassures those who play it have the ability to compartmentalize individual priorities, Tiger will show America why he is still the champion that everyone still loves.

Opinion Blog: Every Stroke Counts

February 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Christina Murphy

Moments after watching and listening to Tiger Woods cry for forgiveness, social networking sites exploded with commentary about the golfer who obviously wrecked more than his car.

Facebook friends and “Tweeters” updated their statuses with comments like “Blah blah blah, Tiger,” and “Tigers never change their stripes.” It became very clear that the world was not impressed with the golfer’s first round. And one who didn’t see the speech might be wondering why?

When the world’s most famous golfer stepped up to the tee box at 11 a.m. EST Friday, to deliver what he might of thought would be a par for the course, he began with an apology that some might argue, quickly became a direct statement to his wife, Elin Woods.

“Tiger is obviously trying to save his marriage,” tweeted Joe Murray, a fan of Tiger.

For those who didn’t see the Friday morning press conference, Tiger said Elin’s name a total of 14 times. It was a lot for a public statement. However, the golfer is suffering for his infidelity because he is in the public eye and previously has done such a quality job at keeping his private life blank.

Tiger made it clear in his statement that he is formally apologizing to those who were present in front of him- family and friends. While his actions and behavior is inexcusable as he acknowledged, it is his personal life and he is learning the tools and gaining the support he needs to become a winner, again. So for those people who are disappointed the golfer isn’t “scratch” in the game of life, that is your problem, not his.

Although Tiger didn’t give an answer to the public on his estimated time of return to golf, he did recognize that character is not defined by many achievements but by things one can overcome. While this is the best answer he can give to fans at this time, perhaps, it will encourage everyone to work on their short game, too. After all, every stroke counts in the game of life.

Lofty Goals Set for SMU Golf Team

September 19, 2008 by · Comments Off 

by Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

With six returning starters and an infusion of freshman talent, SMU golf coach Jay Loar has high expectations for the 2008-2009 season.

“We want to finish in the top 25 in the country this year,” Loar said.

The Mustangs finished last season 49th in the Golfweek.com college rankings poll. The team has not finished that low since finishing 54th in 2000.

“Last year was a very disappointing year,” Loar said.

The first step toward redemption began last weekend at the Spring Hill Golf Club for the Gopher Invitational, in Wayzatta, Minn.

The Mustangs finished 10th with a final score of 293, 51 strokes behind the winning team, Louisiana State University. Coach Loar had hoped for a top 5 finish in a tough field in Minnesota.

Despite a disappointing team result, the top Mustangs’ finisher, Kelly Kraft, shot a final round 75 to finish tied for 20th, and junior Scott Barton finished tied for 36th.

The Mustangs’ schedule in September is packed with three-day tournaments. On Friday, the team heads to Chicago to play in the Fighting Illini Invitational hosted by the University of Illinois.

This will be the first year the team gets to compete at the famed Olympia Fields course, where many professional golf events are held.

The list of competitors proves to be even stronger than the Gopher Invitational, with eight of the 15 teams having advanced to the NCAA Championship last season.

Loar said this year’s Fighting Illini tournament has a “field that is one of the toughest in the country, like an NCAA Final field.”

Following the Fighting Illini tournament, the Mustangs travel to North Falmouth, Mass. to compete in the Hartford Invitational.

Sophomore Kelly Kraft, the Mustangs’ top player, said he wants to start the season with good play in these tournaments.

“A couple of top tens would please me,” Kraft said by e-mail.

Kraft earned the Conference-USA Freshman of the Year award last season. And he is coming off a victory at the Texas Amateur this summer, earning a spot on the list of past champions which includes former two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw and current PGA Tour player Scott Verplank.

Kraft said he wants to continue this success into the 2008 season.

“My goals are to make All-American and to put myself in contention at every tournament,” Kraft said. “The more times I give myself a chance to win coming down the stretch, the more I learn how to compete under pressure and the more I will be winning in the future.”

Kraft said he also has high expectations for the team as a whole.

“My goal for the team is to win nationals,” Kraft said. “Winning as a team is so much fun, because then everyone can celebrate together.”