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PSU Golfers Get Fresh Start


Last fall Pittsburg State University suspended its men's golf program, but that didn't take the team out of the game.

When the Pittsburg State golf program was suspended back in the fall of 2014 players and coaches were left thinking..whats next?

"Going into my fourth year, my last year of eligibility...it was tough," says senior golfer Brandon Winfrey.

"You kind of lose your enthusiasm for the game I guess you could say," adds Zach Fate, "So yeah it was a blow though. It was."

At the time of the program's suspension there were six players on the roster, and two incoming recruits that expected to play for PSU in the 2015/2016 season..

But that did not happen.

Enter head coach Todd Loveland.

Just last week Loveland approached his players and asked it they would be interested in sticking together.

Their answer was an astounding yes.

"I made some phone calls to the players," Loveland says, "and we met two days later and next thing I knew we were moving." 

Of the eight players that were committed to play for Pittsburg State this season, seven of those stayed with coach Loveland and are now competing as a school club team in the National Collegiate Club Golf Association.

"I've got five seniors that i felt really sorry for. They wanted to compete."
Fate adds, "It seems like it's going to work out and we're going to get to play a little bit more. So hopefully get to end on a little better note than we had." 

Coach Loveland and the team will be competing in Kansas City on April 2nd, as well as two other tournaments this spring. 

What might be the best part though is the fact that travel and expenses for the team will be covered by private donors in Pittsburg.

"It just means people believe in us still. And they still believe Pitt golf." says Fate, "It may not be Pitt golf but I think they still believe in the same group of guys, same coach, same players. You know they still believe in us." 

"We came together and we just said we were going to stick it out together you know," adds Winfrey, "Last year we were all really good friends. So it's cool to stick it out."

The team is up against some pretty stiff competition in their region.

Kansas, K-State, Missouri...and Northwest Missouri State are just a few of the clubs they will see in tournament play.

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