The men’s golf team has grown accustomed to taking home conference championships in recent years and will be looking to conjure up past years’ magic at this weekend’s Mountain West Conference championships in Sunriver, Oregon. The Horned Frogs, ranked No. 37 in the country, are aiming to win their sixth consecutive conference championship and their first in their debut year in the Mountain West.
Head coach Bill Montigel said although the team knows this weekend has a little more added pressure to it because of what’s on the line, the team’s mindset has not and will not change just because the stage is bigger than usual.
“We are going to approach this weekend like any other tournament,” Montigel said. “We are going to take it one shot at a time.”
Senior Drew Laning expects the Horned Frogs to be prepared for the stiff competition that awaits them this weekend as he looks to graduate with one last conference championship.
“Every tournament we go to we expect to win,” Laning said. “We’ve all been starting to play really well, so we are looking for some good things.”
Joining him in the pursuit for the six-peat is junior Drew Stoltz, who wound up finishing tied for first at last year’s Conference USA tournament.
Stoltz said the team has shown glimpses of the type of strong play that is necessary in order to be proclaimed as the MWC’s best.
“It’s just a matter of getting all five guys clicking at the same time,” Stoltz said. “We have really high potential for this team, and we are excited to go out and show what we can do.”
If the squad looks to repeat its past conference championship success, it will have to do it against the stiffest competition it has had to overcome during its recent run of prosperity. Nevada at Las Vegas, Brigham Young, San Diego State and New Mexico all figure to be in the mix to see which team takes the trophy this weekend in Sunriver.
“We are going for the six-peat this week,” Laning said. “We are excited to be here. It ought to be a fun week.