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September 10, 2013

Eyes on 5th straight conference title

FULTON, Ill. — Following a string of four straight conference championships is difficult to do. For Fulton to continue its streak, coach Mark Speir said it’s going to take a lot more hard work from his golf team than in past years.

“We don’t like to lose,” Speir said. “When you’re the conference champions four years in a row, that’s just what happens. Last year was a bittersweet season for us. We went all the way to the conference finals, and that match came down the the wire. For an almost completely undefeated season and to come back this year, I don’t think the kids’ expectations were as high this year.”

Matt Dail, a pivotal player for the 2011 and 2012 Three Rivers Conference championship teams, returns as a senior to lead Fulton. Lucas Wiebenga — brother of last year’s No. 1 golfer Kyle Wiebenga — and Brett Terrock are both varsity returners. Otherwise, Fulton is looking for a crop of fresh faces to fill some big shoes.

“(Dail) did a lot of work last year to get to this year. He knew he was on target to be our new number one,” Speir said. “We knew that Lucas and Brett were our top three going into the season. Otherwise, it’s been trial by fire.”

Speir added that the team saw 13 freshmen try out last season who “hadn’t picked up a club.” Most of that same group is back in 2013, and the coach praised the early results of Dustin Rowland and Jake Outzen, underclassmen taking on larger roles.

After Monday’s conference loss to Riverdale, it’s impossible for Fulton to duplicate last year’s undefeated run to the finals. But the Steamers coach believes there’s still time to work up from the middle of the pack to the top.

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