Alex Williams is in his first season as an assistant coach with the Army golf team and will be providing blog entries as the Black Knights compete at the NCAA Arizona Regionals. Williams played for Oregon State for four seasons and was a two-time captain before earning his degree in History and joining the Army staff. Army opens the 54-hole, 14-team regional Thursday morning.
May 16, 2011
Believing in Ourselves
There was a moment this year that sticks out in my mind, and in a roundabout way really defines the 2010-11 Army golf team.
It was Super Bowl Sunday and the team was sitting around the television in our Florida hotel. Feasting on every delicacy a man could want, we were soaking up the glory from our come from behind win over Stetson University. Some of the guys had their computers out. Studying, probably not, but I remember Eric Park was on goarmysports.com. There was a poll question on the web site asking, 'What spring sport do you think will win their Patriot League Championship?' Being February there weren't too many votes in but let's just say you could count the number of votes for 'Golf' on your left hand. Of course Eric and his brother, Will, then proceeded to bolster our vote a few percentile, saying "we'll show you!" to those uninformed voters
I'm telling that story not to say "I told you so" but to say that these guys knew. They knew all along that they had it in them to be Patriot League Champions. They knew when we were stuck practicing indoors until April 2. They knew amidst arguments and smiles. They knew during the snow, rain, wind and 40 degree days. Down two shots to Navy at their home course on the final hole, these guys knew. The 54th hole: Navy +5, Army -1. And now we all know.
I look back on Super Bowl Sunday and I remember that even through the adversity that this year had in store, these guys kept believing. And as irony would have it last week was filled with 80 degree days. But the Term End Exams had us spending more time studying than putting. Just another expected bump for this team but they handled it in stride. They took on the challenge and finished the academic year strong, as well as preparing themselves for NCAA Regionals. So on the eve of our journey to Tucson I believe another poll question is in order, "Does anyone not believe in these guys?"