2018-19 Season Outlook

The golf program is entering its third season under head coach Damon Jensen. The team has a solid group of returning golfers who have the ability to put together strong finishes in their events in the fall and spring seasons. The focus will be on utilizing the talent the team has as well as improving on their individual and team performances of year ago. The Trolls hope to get back into the top half of the conference standings, where they finished in ninth last year.

“We could put up some low team scores this year as each player made improvements last year,” said Jensen. “The key will be to put forth a concentrated effort and to find consistency in each round.”

Consistency should come with experience as the team brings back six golfers. Added to those returners are three new golfers. Even with the large percentage of returners, the team is relatively young with only two seniors and one junior. While the Trolls’ top golfer is easily identified, the remaining scoring positions are open to any number of athletes on the team. There will be competition to see who performs well day in and day out and helps the team scoring.

Senior Steven Massey (Lansing, Illinois) has led the team for the past two seasons. A year ago he averaged 78.0 over 11 matches and set a new school record with a low round of 69. In the fall he finished in fourth at the NCCAA North Central Region Tournament to earn All-Region honors. His spring season included a first place finish at the University of St. Francis Invite and a 14th place finish at the CCAC Championship.

Sophomore Pete Vos (Orland Park, Illinois) was the team’s No. 2 golfer last season with a season average of 80.6. He participated in 11 matches and finished in a tie for 22nd at the conference match.  Closely behind him was sophomore Nate Kamp (Orland Park, Illinois) who played in 10 matches and averaged 81.1.

Factoring into the scoring will be senior Jim Vos (Orland Park, Illinois), who averaged 82.6 last season in the nine matches he played in.  Dan Vos (Orland Park, Illinois) will be able to help out the team for the fall in which he averaged 84.5 a year ago. As a member of Trinity’s baseball team, he will not compete in the spring season.  

The final returner for the Trolls is junior Bob Schaaf (Tinley Park, Illinois). He competed in three matches last season and posted an 85.5 average.

The newcomers to the team provide depth and scoring potential as they develop their game. Those golfers are Joey Davidson (Villa Park, Illinois) is a sophomore transfer, and freshmen Caleb Driggers (Bolingbrook, Illinois) and Mark Schaaf (Tinley Park, Illinois).

The Trolls have seven matches during the fall season. They open on August 27-28 in the Holy Cross College CCAC Cup and will also compete in matches hosted by the Olivet Nazarene University, University of St. Francis, and St. Ambrose University. In addition the team will play in the NCCAA Region Tournament in Wisconsin on September 13-14 and in the CCAC Fall Preview at Cog Hill on September 28. The team looks forward to their Troll Classic at Calumet Country Club on October 1. The spring schedule will include a handful of matches and build to the conference tournament in late April.