Monday, April 25, 2011

We Are Ready For Sun Belt Championship

The 2011 Sun Belt Conference Golf Championship is here.

We had a good week of practice leading up to the tournament, and are feeling confident about the week ahead. The weather is supposed to be warm and sunny, perfect for posting low

Troy's team this year will consist of three seniors: Zach Portemont, Chase Whitehead, Reid Merritt; one junior: Ricky Casko; and one freshman: Nathan Kinch. Kyle Thommesen, a freshman, is also at the tournament as an individual. The three seniors are looking to end their college careers on a high note.

On Sunday we played the practice round. The course is in great shape, and the greens are rolling pure. We are coming off of bent grass greens from our last tournament, and are feeling good about putting on similar greens.

The wind blew hard at times, but we were more than up to the challenge.

We get off to an early start on Monday at 8:10 a.m. This will give us a chance to take command of the tournament early by posting a low number.

Ricky Casko

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tyler Ray Blog: HOW SWEEP IT IS

Tyler Ray
April 24, 2010
7:28 PM

First off, I would like to apologize for my slacking on the blogs recently. We have had a really busy schedule over the past few weeks, we actually had to leave Riddle Pace Field on the weekend for a change and I guess that threw me off. Yes, I know I only play one time a week but I was still very busy with school… only saying that because my parents read this!

This past weekend against Western Kentucky couldn’t have gone any better. They were one game behind us coming into the weekend and now leave four games behind and slipping next week contenders, FAU in to second place at three games behind. It was a statement we needed to make going into the end stretch against the top half of the Sun Belt. We are definitely going to have our work cut out for us during the upcoming month. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We will be going into that stretch without the best Saturday starter in the conference, potentially the nation. Drew Hull had been nothing but dominate this year and was my backbone in the rotation. It is something that we as baseball players all fear, the name “Tommy John”. Drew was a leader to the pitching staff and brought the most experience to the table. With his last outing of the season against FIU, he was able to set the school’s career record for appearances. You have to be a freak out of the bullpen for a couple years to even sniff that record. It is a shame that this injury occurred when he was the most well rested of his career. Hopefully it will all work out with the medical red shirt and he will come back to Troy throwing some heat. If not, then some pro ball team is going to lucky to have him. My main concern for him is that he is out of his sling by time we are playing on ESPN in Omaha. That’s going to be a long enough bus ride as it is.

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

#12 Tyler Ray (@TroyTrojan12)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

End of Golf Career is Bitter-Sweet

Liz Balkcom Blog

Writing this Blog for me is hard because it forces me to think about the end of college golf. Golf has been my life for so long, it’s going to be strange not having it as a job anymore.

My college golf career is definitely something that has shaped and molded me into a better person. It has taught me patience, to trust myself, and balance.

It is funny to think about all of the memories that I have made with some of my best friends/teammates. The golf team is a lot like my family. We grow to love one another, lean on one another, and we don’t always agree. All the same, we are always there for each other.

It is going to be hard to close this chapter of my life because I want it to stay like this forever. Just like I was excited to get to Troy, I am excited to see what is in store for my next chapter.