2017-18 Season Outlook

The men’s golf program enters its second season under the direction of head coach Damon Jensen. A year ago in the fall season the Trolls defended their title as the NCCAA North Central Region champions and made a return appearance to the NCCAA National Championship. They also finished in the top half of the field in four of their six fall matches and two of their four spring matches. This year’s team is looking to improve on those finishes, is dedicated, and has their sights set on one of the top finishes in the conference.

“I spend part of last season getting to know the team and what they are capable of,” said Coach Jensen. “This year we will look to develop each player’s game and to continue to push to improve our team scores and finishes.”

For the improvements that Coach Jensen and the team look to make this season, it will be critical for each golfer to give his best day in and day out. Mental toughness and physical ability will both be called on with a roster of only seven players of which three are incoming freshmen. A year ago the team had more players to call on with a roster of ten players. They lost six of those golfers, including two of the top three scorers; however they bring back their top golfer as well as another top-five finisher. In addition the incoming group had success at the high school level.

Leading the team will be junior Steven Massey (Lansing, Illinois), who was the top golfer last year with a season average of 76.7 over 12 matches. A year ago he had eight top 10 finishes, was eighth at the CCAC Championships, and was the program’s first final round qualifier at the NCCAA National Championships. The team will again look to him to post low scores and be a steady leader.

Another key returner will be senior Matt Dail (Fulton, Illinois) in his fourth season with the team. A year ago he had an 81.5 average in 13 matches, which was his best season average in his career. He also finished in a tie for first at the NCCAA Regional Tournament.

The two other returners will be called upon to increase their role on the team this year. Junior Jim Vos (Orland Park, Illinois) competed in 13 matches last year with an 84.2 average and also competed in the conference meet.  Sophomore Bob Schaaf (Orland Park, Illinois) gained experience in three matches a year ago with an 83.0 average.

All three of the newcomers on the team hail from Chicago Christian High School where they advanced to the state championship. They will each have the opportunity to make a difference, gain experience, and contribute to the team’s score.  Pete Vos (Orland Park, Illinois) was a top 15 finalist at the state tournament in his senior year and twice earned all-conference honors. His twin brother Dan Vos (Orland Park, Illinois) was also an all-conference selection as well as the individual medalist at the regional match. In the spring season he will split his time with the baseball team, on which he is a pitcher. Nate Kamp (Orland Park, Illinois) was a medalist at the sectional meet and earned all-conference honors.

The Trolls will play in seven matches during the fall season. They open on August 28-29 in the Holy Cross College CCAC Cup and will also compete in matches hosted by the University of St. Francis, Bethel College, Purdue-University-Northwest, and St. Ambrose University. In addition the team hosts the Troll Classic on October 2 and play in the NCCAA Regional Tournament on September 22-23.  The spring schedule will include a handful of matches and build to the conference tournament in late April.