The men’s golf team wrapped up their season over the weekend of April 27-28 with the MAC Championships in Aurora, Ohio.
“I thought we handled the conditions and disruptions very well,” BGSU golf coach John Powers said after the match. “The guys were focused and left it all out on the course.”
Poor course conditions and bad weather caused play to be suspended after only two rounds.
“I'm sure the right call was made,” Powers said. “There's nothing we can do about the weather when we hold a championship in this area in April. It's unfortunate for everyone that the entire tournament wasn't played. I am hoping we make progress in discussions to move the event further south to ensure we properly identify a champion.”
Senior Pablo Heredia Iglesias lead all Falcons in his last match with 5 strokes over par (149). Iglesias had the best score among Falcons in round one at 74 and stayed consistent in round two with a round of 75.
“Pablo had a great finish to his career at MAC,” Powers said. “From a scoring perspective, he also had one of the better careers in BGSU history. He had so many low rounds and it was fun to watch. Trey (Walker) was a guy we seemed to lean on time and time again throughout the season. His spring season was probably the best of his career, and to cap it off going 3-under in his final nine holes was pretty special.”
The Falcon golfer to keep your eye on is Rodrigue Vie. The Sophomore European import wrapped up his sophomore season with 7 strokes over par (151). Vie wasn’t his usual self with a 78 in round one but rallied for a 73 on number two.
The other senior playing his final match over the weekend was Walker. He finished up his time as a Falcon with 9 strokes over par (153). He shot an 80 in round one before a very good second round of 73 helped his overall score.
“Trey brought a fierce competitive spirit and a lot of great rounds during his career. This spring was tough working through some injuries, but he still contributed in a big way to our performances the last two events.”
Junior Noah Firestone finished with 7 strokes over par (151). He shot a 77 before improving with a 74.
“Noah was able to come up with some huge rounds for us down the stretch when we needed him,” Powers said. “He had to fight very hard for it in a variety of competitive situations and certainly rose to the occasion.”
The final Falcon in the group was Nick Hofland who finished with 10 strokes over par (154). Hofland shot a 78 in round one and a 76 in round two.
“We will definitely see after we tally everything up that our performance has improved, but we have come a long way in other areas that don't show up on the scorecard,” Powers said after the match. “I am proud of the changes that are happening within our program, and that will continue to improve over time.”
The Falcons improved on their 8 of 9 finish last year in a big way with their fifth place this year. Coach Powers will return for his third season next year to help the team’s upward trajectory.
“Next year is going to be an interesting transition, losing four seniors. We're going to have a brand new group to get to know and continue this process towards being a steady contender at the championship level. We're very excited about our prospects and introducing them to everyone,” Powers said.