FULTON – The Fulton varsity golf team was relaxed on Tuesday, finishing off their second meet in as many days with another win.
Compared to the battle they put forth on Monday night to down conference powerhouse Riverdale, their 145-211 win over Wethersfield was a walk in the park.
Well, a walk across the course.
“This was good, they’re doing good,” head coach Kevin Ver Hoeven said. “They’re smiling out there.”
The team handed Riverdale their first conference loss in at least five years on Monday night and were feeling good for their home meet Tuesday.
“We already accomplished one of our main goals yesterday, today was kind of just ... it was really relaxed,” senior Andrew Schrader said. “We’re still really happy from that, yesterday was a good day.”
Schrader led the Steamers Tuesday with a 33, with Patrick Wiebenga right behind him with a 34.
Wiebenga says that the mentality on the team right now is strong, which makes it easier to perform on the course knowing you have the team behind you.
“We’re the highest we’ve been since I got here. It helps a lot. My freshman and sophomore year I would hit one bad shot and get down on myself,” Wiebenga said. “I shot even par the last two days and I’ve bounced back. You can’t turn a bad hole into another bad hole.”
Ian Wiebenga shot a 38 and Josh VanderPloeg rounded out the scoring with a 40.
Alex Hartman and Landon Meyers golfed with the varsity team and shot a 45 and 46 respectively.
It helped that the weather was similar to Monday. Although hot and humid enough to be a mid-July day, the air was as still as it could be, cutting any uncertainty from the Steamers’ shots.
“I’d rather be in the heat, the ball goes farther,” Schrader said. “The no wind really does help because I can be confident I have the right yardage and the right club in my hand.”
The dual meet at home garnered a little more practice for the Steamers, who have some tougher meets coming up in their fall season.
“I told the kids to go out and try to improve, work on things,” Ver Hoeven said. “It helps them evaluate a little more what they need to work on. Whenever you get to play, it’s good.”
And Schrader: “I think we’re looking to improve on our putting. Putting is where you score so if we can all take a couple of strokes off on the greens then we can really shoot low. I think that’s the main thing we’re trying to get to.”
One of those happens Wednesday in their third consecutive meet. The Steamers head to Erie, Ill. to take on Rockridge.
Still, if they learned anything through the first two meets of the week it’s that they have some talent throughout their roster.
“It taught us that we’re a good golf team and we can compete with anyone,” Wiebenga said.
“We’re feeling really good,” Schrader said. “We beat our best competition already.”
They return home next Tuesday for another triangular at the Fulton Country Club.
The Clinton Herald has a gallery of varsity photos from the meet online at photos.clintonherald.com