Had the men’s golf season continued just a little longer, Linfield may have been the Northwest Conference team adding another championship trophy to its collection. With steadily improving play, the Wildcats elevated from an early season lull to move into tie for third place in the NWC’s 2014-15 overall point standings.
“This was a challenging season,” said Wildcats coach Greg Copeland. “We had a lot of guys with similar scoring averages battling for playing time.
The team’s core consisted of five seniors who together had become mainstays of the program during their four seasons. Adding strength were a handful of quality sophomores and juniors who worked hard to solidify their positions on the team. Six freshman also contended for playing time, creating a near-perfect arena for healthy competition.
“Everyone handled the competitiveness in a very positive manner and worked hard in practice for the opportunities to compete in our various tournaments,” said Wildcats coach Greg Copeland. “I truly believe this team had the potential to win the conference. We really started to shine the last couple of weeks of the year. Had the season been a couple of weeks longer, I think we would have been the team to beat.”
Linfield senior Taylor Klopp earned NWC Player of the Year honors and was a Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar. Klopp averaged 77.0 strokes per round with four top-10 finishes. His season included a sudden death victory at the NWC Spring Classic.
Fellow senior Kevin Kawasaki scored three top-10 showings through the course of the season, averaging 78.39 strokes. Another senior, Logan Munson, was a mainstay in the lineup. Lucas Balala, Logan Davis were steady contributors to the Wildcats’ successful season.
“I’m really going to miss the seniors. They are such a great group of young men and their legacy will carry on with the group coming up behind them as they sent a great message on what it meant to work hard, have fun and lead by example.”