Aiming high for the next upcoming NCAA Division II championship, both the men’s and women’s golf teams at California Baptist University prepare for another hole-in-one result.
The Lancers will head to the PacWest Conference Championships April 18-20, in Phoenix, Arizona, after a victory March 22 at the Eagle Glen Golf Course invitational with a five-over-par 869 (290-288-291).
John Hackney, head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams, gave insight on which Lancers will be representing CBU during the championships along with his expectations for the rest of season.
One of these Lancers is Kavan Eubanks, sophomore undeclared major, who has been working to keep his positive momentum going. Eubanks was named PacWest Freshman of the Year in 2015 after being an individual conference champion, making him the second conference champion in program history.
Eubanks said his goal for the rest of season is to play solid golf and trust in his swing. He said he is preparing for a top performance again, simply by returning to the basics and using drills that have helped him in the past.
“Golf is a complicated sport and sometimes you train too hard or try to master the perfect swing, only to realize, it’s just a game,” Eubanks said.
Eubanks said he is heading into the championship with confidence and his new motto.
“Keep it simple and have fun,” Eubanks said.
On the women’s team, Nichole Warren, senior kinesiology major, said she has high aspirations for the team to head to nationals and said she believes the team will succeed this year.
Warren explained that the team has been uplifting and encouraging throughout the season, driving each individual player to push themselves to reach a common goal of reaching nationals.
“I have put a lot of work into shaping my mental game,” Warren said. “We have done a lot of mental work as a team, and both coaches have done a great job of preparing us in all aspects of our abilities.”
Both the men’s and women’s golf teams said they believe they have the skill and mental preparation ready to face the end of the season with confidence in the championship.