The second semester of a year-long golf season is always the most rigorous, according to Midland College golf team members. The players attribute much of their motivation to MC golf coach Delnor Poss.
With the help of Poss and the determination of the players, the Chaps intend on going far. Delnor Poss has been coaching golf at MC since 1978.
His experience in the sport is definitely beneficial to the players,” said team member Jacob Boggus.
MC golf has maintained winning records throughout the past 15 years. The team has held titles such as NJCAA champions in 1992, 1995 and 2008, with several years of second and third place national victories as well.
Team member Russell Lara said, “The season has gone pretty well so far; hopefully we can get better and reach our ultimate goal of a national championship.”
Nationals is considered the biggest tournament of the year. This years’ national tournament will be held in Burlington, Iowa, May 11-16.
Word of MC golf hasn’t only reached local golfers. The team consists of eight members, with players from Texas as well as foreign countries, including England, Scotland and South Africa.
Oswin Schlenkrich, team member from South Africa, was put in touch with coach Poss with the help of a former MC golf player.
So far this season, the golf team has had three second-place finishes, two third-place finishes and two fiisrt-place wins.
Team member Trace Morrow said, “There are seven to eight teams on average participating in the tournaments.
The competition is close, but we have been able to place in every tournament so far.”
The teams’ next tournament is the Ronnie Black Invitational held in Lovington and Hobbs, New Mexico, March 2 and 3.