Men’s golf bids farewell to top players, remains hopeful for upcoming season

The men’s golf team had a successful year, winning three tournaments during the course of the season.

The travel team is comprised of the team’s top five players, who were essential to the team’s three wins. Of the top five, the team is losing two players, graduate student Dustin Hudson and senior Darren Cook.

Hudson, a valuable asset to the team, felt the season went extremely well.

“It was one of the most successful golf teams in App’s history,” Hudson said. “The team’s scoring average was the lowest stroke average in school history, so it was a tremendous success.”

Hudson said his experience on the team “couldn’t have been better.”

“There is nothing that I can imagine in my college career that I would have enjoyed more than being a part of the team,” he said. “It has been awesome, but it’s time for me to move on and give someone else the chance to do this for four years.”

The team is optimistic about its upcoming season and believes it may bring improvement.

“Hopefully we’ll have some guys who will step up – those who are currently on the team and hopefully some incoming freshmen,” junior Josh Nichols said. “I definitely feel good about next year, as far as players coming in and filling Dustin’s and Darren’s roles.”

Two new recruited players will join the team in the fall, head coach Bill Dicus said.

“Both are outstanding players and I believe between the two, one of them is going to travel a lot as a freshman,” Coach Dicus said. “I expect we may even be a little stronger next year.”

Story: ANNIE RUCKER, Intern Sports Reporter