"We just got back from the ORU Shootout in Tulsa. We finished third. We hoped to win, but we didn't play quite well enough. But it was a fun tournament. It was played on a really tough course, really long and narrow. That was a challenge.
"We have played in two tournaments since my last post. We went to Albuquerque for the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate first. I tied for 18th there, which tied the best finish of my college career. We didn't do too well as a team, but I saw some glimpses of good play from everybody. Then we went to Lake Tahoe to play in the Wolf Pack Classic, and none of us did well and we ended up finishing last. What we took from that is we need to change how we prepare for tournaments and focus more on our short games, putting and chipping instead of going out and hitting balls for practice.
"Practice is slowly approaching. I think all of the guys are more excited than I am. I have been through four or five years of practice. I'm used to practice and I know how to prepare for it. With the young guys, this is their first go-round so they really don't know what to expect and they're ready to experience a collegiate practice. I'm a little more excited about the games and the season, but practice is where it all starts.
"We had our first tournament last weekend [in Fort Collins, Colo.] and did well as a team. Our next tournament is in Albuquerque. We leave on Friday and play on Sunday and Monday. We're in the process of qualifying for the tournament and today I made my first hole in one! I never thought it would happen but finally it did. It was kind of cool. Now I have to buy some champagne!
"I'm looking forward to the season with our new coach, Scott Lieberwirth. So far everybody has been adjusting to each other. I do see some improvement being made. We're taking this fall schedule as an opportunity to get better, and I believe we have the talent to do it. It's just a matter of everybody working hard and getting the results we want.
"So far this year has been an experience for me. I'm used to being one of the young guys on the team, and now I'm the OG and the young guys look up to me. It's kind of weird, but it's funny at the same time because I see these guys making some of the same mistakes I made when I was younger. "We just finished up team individuals yesterday. We've got a lot of guys learning some new things. We're still got a ways to go to get prepared for the beginning of the season.