UNA golf team ready to finish season strong

With three tournaments down and two to go for the golf team, they will try to finish the fall season on a high note.

The Lions were a preseason top 10 ranked team, but have experienced an up and down season so far. UNA’s goal is to find consistency heading into the final two tournaments.

“We just have to find that winning combination,” said head coach Jason Vaughn. “I’ve seen some really good things out of our team and hopefully we can put it together.”

Sophomore Forrest Knight said playing better in the final rounds is the key for the Lions going forward.

“We’re doing good so far. I think we just have to finish stronger,” he said.

The depth of the team has been the most impressive part of the team, Vaughn said.

“We’re much deeper this year than last and I feel like all 10 guys we have are very good,” he said.

In the Kiawah Island Invitational the Lions finished tied for ninth out of 18 teams. The tournament was cut short due to the weather, which Vaughn said he was disappointed they canceled the final rounds because the team was playing so well.

“We were shooting about seven under (par) while everybody else was shooting over (par),” Vaughn said.

In the second tournament, Saint Leo Men’s Invitational, UNA tied for second out of 17 teams. The third tournament, AFLAC Intercollegiate, the Lions placed tied for seventh out of 17 teams.

“Lee and West Georgia beat us in the last tournament so it will be important for us to get the confidence to beat those teams coming up,” Vaughn said.

The Lions will get the opportunity for payback when UNA hosts them and numerous other teams from the Gulf South Conference Oct. 20-21 at the TVA Credit Union Classic.

UNA will have the advantage in the tournament due to the event being played locally in Killen.

“We will have the distinct advantage playing out there because we practice there a lot,” Vaughn said. “It’ll be tough to beat us on our own track, but it will add some pressure playing at home and the expectations are that we should win. Playing there could backfire if we don’t handle the pressure.”

The Lions will cap off the season in Puerto Rico for UIS Tournament Oct. 27-28.

“I’ve never been there but I’m excited to face some teams out of our conference,” Vaughn said.