Austin Luher Diary

Austin Luher Diary

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Sept. 10, 2004

I thought that a player diary was a good idea for those who dont know much about Army Golf, or college golf. I hope to keep those of you out there up on how the team is doing, and the everyday things that we go through.

We are now in the fourth week of practice, qualifying is all done, and everyone is ready to start playing tournaments. This weekend we travel to Nebraskas home tournament. We are all real excited to get back to the course after having such a successful season last year. The five that competed at the East Regional last year are traveling to Nebraska to play this weekend. Nebraska is a good way to start the season because we get to play a solid course, play with some good teams that we dont normally see, and hopefully get some good weather.

Right now we are really concentrating on having a solid fall season. The top three teams from every district receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals every year and it is based on head-to-head scores throughout the entire year. Last year we finished fourth in the district because we had a poor fall. We need to start out strong this year so that we dont have to rely on winning the conference championship as our only means to the NCAA Regionals.

We all have high expectations for this season and for good reason. We return everyone from the team last year and we have added seven plebes. Some of the plebes have really stepped up in qualifying and they will definitely be contributing to the team this fall. I am hoping that they continue to step up their game and play well so that we can achieve the goals that we have set as a team.

Our main goal this fall, as always, is to beat Navy. The plebes will certainly play a big role in accomplishing our goal. The annual Star Match with Navy is the most nerve-racking situation that I have ever faced on a golf course. It is always that way with Navy. We have not beaten Navy in the Star Match since I have been here, but I think that we have a great chance to do so this year. We can win the Patriot League again and go to NCAA Regionals, but its not as fulfilling if we dont beat Navy.

I am looking forward to expressing my thoughts throughout the season.

Go Army Golf!
-Austin

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