The University of West Georgia Men’s golf team heads into their final regular-season tournament on April 4 and 5 at The Argonaut Invitational in Pensacola, Florida. The Wolves are currently ranked 22nd in the nation in the GCAA Coaches Poll and 23rd in the GolfStat Rankings.
They entered this tournament after finishing second at the Tusculum Invitational in Chuckey, Tennessee with Austin Fulton winning the individual round with a two-stroke win. Fulton has earned three individual titles and a runner-up finish in his four starts this season. The Mississippi State University transfer and Douglas County High School graduate currently sits second in the nation in the GolfStat NCAA DII top ten men’s rankings
In the three tournaments so far this spring, UWG has gradually improved each time out. The Wolves began the semester with a 12th place finish at the Hurricane Invitational in Albany, Georgia on March 1. Seniors Blake Kollin and Jack Brennan lead the way for the Wolves finishing 13th and 37th respectively.
The second tournament would result in a 6th place effort from UWG with only four players competing due to a medical withdrawal. Brennan would finish 16th overall with Kollin notching a 29th place effort. This was followed up by Fulton’s overall victory and the team’s second-place finish at Tusculum.
“We have played well so far this season, even without Austin but we knew once he came back from injury, we knew we would improve a lot,” said senior Jack Brennan, “We are playing better and we are stronger together as a team.”
Brennan walked onto the team in 2019. He then began to play golf with his family and fell in love with the game. He has been involved with many community service activities with the local schools in Carrollton.
“It is crazy how we used to act like kids and how we used to think. Now, I am all grown up and I am interacting with them. I am grateful for it since I’m from nearby Douglasville,” said Brennan. “It is very rewarding to give back to the kids. The kids are precious and their perspectives are awesome.”
“I would say I am content with the scores I’ve put up but I am happy with how I have been consistent with my scores even when I was not hitting my best shots,” Kollin stated, “I have been satisfied with my putting and short game but need to improve on driving. There are always things to improve on and that is why I love golf.”
“The expectations I have for myself for the rest of the season is to keep improving in all facets of my game,” continued Kollin, “This is more of a big-picture goal for me. I have always been a good short game player while struggling with driving and iron shots so I want to become a better driver and iron player.”
Kollin has experienced a lot during his UWG career.
“I have been forced to immediately improve my time management between classes, golf, studying, etc. Once I mastered my time management skills, things got easy for me.” Kollin says. “Being a college student is an experience within itself. I like being thrown into the wolves because I tend to learn and adapt quickly.
“I saw it [at UWG] as a great opportunity to play the sport I love while getting a great education at the same time,” continued Kollin. “I have been blessed to meet some amazing people on the way as well.”
The Wolves have high expectations as they enter the final swing of their season. After the Argonaut Invitational, UWG will participate in the Gulf South Conference Championships on April 14 and 15.
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