WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Birds chirping, beautiful weather and a bit of a breeze made for an excellent Mother's Day Sunday at Kampen Golf Course, site of the 2017 NCAA Midwest Regionals.
Saint Mary's golf got its first look at the long, links style course with its official practice round at 9 a.m. ET.
Tight fairwarys, tall rough and large bunkers present just a few of the challenges from the premier championship course.
The Gaels will get their first round underway tomorrow, May 15, at 9:15 a.m. ET and will be paired with Richmond and Campbell. Live scores can be found HERE.
Below are quotes from Perry Cohen, Connor Blick and Roman Aragon on today's practice round, the condition of the course and what they think some of the keys are for this week's tournament.
Q: What did you guys think about today's preparation during the practice round?
Blick: “Today went really well. The course is in great condition. The greens are in good condition, the wind picked up a bit later in the round, which made it kind of tricky to find fairways. The rough is up quite a bit and the length of the course will really force us to find the fairway.”
Cohen: “The practice round was a good opportunity to see the course. The rough is long but the course is in really good shape. It can certainly get pretty windy and so it is a tough course. I think the difficulty of the course can work in our benefit because it is a strong field and I think our team is ready for the challenge these next few days.”
Aragon: “The practice round went really well. The course is playing pretty tough and you got to be able to keep the ball in the fairway. Long rough, so it is going to be a tough test. You got to be able to play one shot at a time and stay calm and collected.”
Q: With this being your third Regionals, what would you say can be most beneficial from your past experiences at the NCAA Regionals?
Blick: “Every course presents a really, really good test so I think it is the ability to stay patient. We are all playing the same course, all the players will have ups and downs, so it is the ability to keep level-headed and move on to the next shot.”
Cohen: “I think because this is our third time being here [NCAA Regionals], we do feel more comfortable. I think we definitely feel more comfortable and confident when we are out there because we have done this before. The comfort level and experience will definitely be big for us.”
Aragon: “I'm thrilled first of all to be here. I love traveling with these guys because they are such a good group. I think the main thing is to just play one shot at a time. Listen to the coaches and what their game plan is because they have been here before.
I'm up for the test so it should be a fun few days.”
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