By Brandon Boyer, Staff Writer
Published in print Oct. 22, 2014
As Men’s Golf plunges into the autumn leg of their schedule, they will be led by two of the Southern Conference’s best.
Junior Taylor Coalson, rapidly took his place as one of the best golfers on the Spartans’ team as he was named as the SoCon Co-Freshman of the Year and to the SoCon All-Freshman Team. Last season, Coalson was named to the All-Southern Conference team for his performance throughout the season, finishing third on the team with an average stroke of 74.47.
This year, Coalson is off to a good start, with strong performances at the Tar Heel Invitational and the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic. The AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic has been his strongest performance of the season thus far, as he finished in second place, shooting six-under par.
Sophomore Carter Jenkins was a decorated golfer in high school and has carried the same level of play to college. With a dominant freshman performance, finishing first on the team and second overall in Southern Conference play, with a 72.47 stroke average, Jenkins was named as the SoCon Freshman of the Year and to the All-SoCon Team. After his dominant season, Jenkins took park in the U.S. Open local qualifying and Sectional Qualifying. He also defended his title at the 100th strong first season, both on the collegiate and personal level.
This year, Jenkins has been off to a bit of a slower start. He opened the season with a ninth place finish at the Tar Heel Invitational, but struggled at the VCU Shootout and Wolfpack Intercollegiate. Fortunes changed at the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic, however, as Jenkins took home the win with an 8-under par score, beating out his UNCG teammate, Coalson, by two-strokes.
In an interview, both Coalson and Jenkins discussed their thoughts on how the season is going so far and what goals they have for themselves.
Brandon Boyer: Coming into your Junior year, following your All-SoCon performance last year, what parts of your game would you say you have most improved since last year?
Taylor Coalson: I have narrowed down my misses with the longer clubs. My driver is more consistent than it was which results in a lot more consistent scores.
BB: As the reigning SoCon Freshman of the Year, what are the parts of your game are you most looking to focus on as this year?
Carter Jenkins: This year I am going to focus on my mental game to make the next necessary step of improving that aspect of my game as well as working to improve my short game
BB: What course are you looking forward to playing the most this season?
TC: I am looking forward to going to Puerto Rico. I know our team has the talent to compete with the best teams in the country. All we have to do is compete since Puerto Rico will have a great field.
CJ: I would say I am most excited to play NC State (Lonnie Poole) because I won there last year and feel very comfortable on it.
BB: Would you say the team has improved upon last year’s record book re-writing performance?
TC: Last year was a great year for our program we finally broke out and played well when we needed too and it gave us a lot of confidence coming into this year seeing that we did not graduate and players. I believe we as a team are better but we still have to play well and get it done when the time comes.
CJ: Yes, I would say that we have improved greatly, with the addition of our freshman Josh Stockwell, and then all of our returners have gained confidence from last year and are continuing to improve.
Both golfers will next tee-off at what could be considered a home game at the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate at Grandover Resort in Greensboro. The tournament is set to start on Saturday, October 25.