Men's golf ready to begin new season

With a seasoned group of golfers returning and a strong incoming class, the Trinity men’s golf team has potential to see a lot of success this season. Under new coach Allie Paluchniak, the team aspires to improve from their performance last season. 

“I can’t wait to get the team back on campus,” Paluchniak said. “We have a great group returning and a good incoming class that I think can make an impact. I look forward to watching our team continue improve on and off the golf course!”

Individuals on the team shined for the Trolls in seasons past, with some of them returning to the green this season. One of the standout performers is junior Pete Vos (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian High School). He competed in the most matches for the Trolls last season with 10, and averaged 82.4 for the season.

Another huge contributor for Trinity that’s returning is junior Dan Vos (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian High School). He competed in eight matches and averaged 83.9 for the season, shooting his lowest round of the season (78) twice last year.

These aren’t the only upperclassmen looking to make an impact. Junior Nate Kamp (Orland Park, Ill./Chicago Christian High School) and senior Bob Schaaf (Tinley Park, Ill./Chicago Christian High School) were regular starters for Trinity, both competing in six matches and averaging 84.6 and 89.6, respectively.

Other returning players who will add depth to the Trolls’ roster are sophomore Mark Schaaf (Tinley Park, Ill./Chicago Christian High School), sophomore Caleb Driggers (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook High School) and junior Joey Davidson (Villa Park, Ill./Timothy Christian High School).

Along with having a solid group of returning golfers, five new faces will help contribute to the success of the team this year.

Junior Zach Huisman (St. John, Ind./Illiana Christian High School), who is also on the baseball team, freshman Spencer Rice (Mokena, Ill./Chicago Christian High School), freshman Jacob Skrapits (Morris, Ill./Morris High School), junior Mike Maher (Oak Lawn, Ill./ Lincoln-Way East High School) and freshman Joseph Curtin (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean High School)bring a lot of competition experience to the team and will contend for spots in the lineup right away.

Last year, the Trolls had a strong season, and Paluchniak hopes to build off that as the new season begins. The team has a goal of finishing in the top half of each tournament they compete in, and to improve their team score at each tournament.

For the fall season, Trinity will compete in six tournaments. Some of the highlights include the NCCAA Regional Tournament on Sept. 20 and 21, the CCAC Cup that will host teams from the conference on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and the Troll Classic on Oct. 8, which will conclude competition for the fall.

But once the fall season is over, the team will prepare for the spring, which is the CCAC Championship season. During the spring, they hope to finish out the 2019-20 year by placing in the top half of the conference.

The Trinity men’s golf team will officially kick their season off at the Olivet Nazarene University Invitational on Sept. 6 and 7.