Men’s golf wins its first tournament since 2017

Kyle Encar

Senior Carter Nicholson swings his club in the fall of 2021 at Lakewood Golf Club. The men’s golf team recently won the Wolf Pack Invitational. Courtesy of Kyle Encar

The men’s golf team picked up a win for the first time since 2017 at the 2022 Wolf Pack Spring Invitational in March.

The men won the tournament by two strokes and had two players finish in the top five individually after playing in difficult conditions with winds over 20 mph. It was the first win for the entire team since Loyola and Cory Amory’s first season as the team’s head coach. Junior Logan Peterson said he had a lot of faith in his teammates to make the win happen.

“I felt for the first time our team really knew we could win,” Peterson said. “We didn’t feel like the underdogs this time.”

Despite his confidence, Peterson said he felt mixed emotions during the tournament.

The team stands on the steps of Lakewood Golf Club with a player holding the trophy plaque
The winning men’s golf A team pose with their champion prize alongside head coach Cory Amory after the March 22 tournament. It was the first time the team had won a golf tournament since 2017. (Emma Smithers/ The Maroon)

“Having the lead with a lap to go made me very excited but also nervous,” he said. “It was the first time we had a lead at this stage since I was in college, so it wasn’t yet a situation our team were completely comfortable with.”

Fifth-year senior Carter Nicholson said he hopes the win will change the team’s momentum heading into the conference championship.

“I was happy the team finally won, but at the same time, I hope complacency doesn’t set in,” Nicholson said. “We have a chance to win the conference if we keep working hard and really tying ourselves together over the next few weeks.”

Amory said he firmly believed winning the conference championship was possible.

“They’re starting to see that they can compete with anyone,” he said. “They don’t have to do anything special except be tough, train with a goal and then trust their abilities. Their success is a byproduct of their habits and attitude.

The progress Amory has seen this season is part of what makes him so proud.

“They could have finished in last place and I would have been proud of who they chose to be as people and competitors that week,” Amory said. “Winning tastes good, so hopefully they’re hungry for more and keep grinding.”

The men’s team will compete in its first round of the conference championship in Greenville, Alabama on April 18.