Billy Graham once said, “The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.” But it is precisely in those tough moments that Wheaton’s second-year coach Tom Cardle looks to help his players distinguish themselves on the golf course.
“About 95 percent of the teams we play are not Christians, so the spotlight is always on us because people know that Wheaton students are Christians and have a community covenant,” Cardle said. “Our mission is to go out there and represent Christ through the good, but especially the bad when it can be easy to throw your clubs around or cheat to get a better lie.”
The main season for the men’s team is not until the spring, so Cardle is primarily focused on the women’s team who will compete in the CCIW tournament in five weeks. This does not mean the men are taking it easy this fall, though. Far from it, actually. Hoping for a top three finish in the CCIW tournament this spring, the three co-captains of the men’s team have stepped up and taken their team’s development quite seriously.
Senior co-captain Robby Bowles is embracing his new leadership role.
“It’s cool to be in this leadership position,” he explained. “I have looked up to the captains in the past, and I love that I get the chance to help lead this team in a new direction with my co-captains, senior Richard Moomjian and junior Adam Eaton.”
The Thunder hope to foster a culture of excellence this fall in order to handle the ups and downs of golf in a way that glorifies Christ and his Kingdom. Sophomore Drew Engelking who finished 16th at the CCIW Tournament last spring as a freshman is definitely doing his part. “He just gets how to practice and how to play, and he’s an example to every guy on the team,” Cardle said. “Drew will be exciting to watch this season.”
As players rise to the occasion, the Thunder are poised and ready to tee-off the 2016-2017 season this weekend at Olivet College’s “Lou Collins Memorial Tournament” at the Bedford Valley Country Club.