NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University Athletic Media Relations recently caught up with men's golf head coach Scott Flynn for a summer update called 'Five Questions.'
Flynn enters his fourth season as the head coach of the men's golf program. Last season, the Bruins posted six top-10 finishes in 11 events, including season-best second place showings at the Murray State and Morehead State tournaments last fall. In 2011-12, BU returns two letterwinners from last year's squad and adds four freshmen.
A myriad of topics were discussed, including reflection on last year's team, a preview of this year's squad, and the future of Tiger Woods .
1. Going into the summer break, what were the areas that you wanted your student-athletes athletes to work on?
We wanted both our returning players and incoming freshman to play as many competitive rounds as possible over the summer. Most have competed in their respective State Amateur Championships, State Opens and other top caliber regional events. Several also qualified to play against strong fields of professionals, which gives them a great opportunity to learn by competing against some very experienced players. We also want them to keep up their conditioning and as always continue to work on their short games and wedge play.
2. You will have another young team for the 2011-12 season. What are you expectations for your four incoming freshmen?
We are very excited about our incoming class. Several of our freshman have had great summers in the amateur ranks and one, Ted Moon, had a strong second place finish against the top pros in the Georgia Open. Adam Sanders has also played well including several very solid finishes against national level AJGA fields. Chris Thurman and Carson Ward both gained some great experience over the summer and we expect all of them to arrive ready to compete for a spot in the line-up.
That said, our primary objective for our freshman will be to make sure that they all have a smooth transition from the high school ranks to college and that they very quickly learn how to manage not only their golf games, but learn to balance school, athletics and all of the other commitments that go along with the life of a Division 1 college athlete. On the golf course, the focus will be on gaining experience week to week and ensuring that we improve and take something positive away from every event we play.
3. Do you have a philosophy when crafting a schedule?
We want to play a schedule that allows our student-athletes to compete against high caliber fields on quality golf courses. We will visit several SEC events this year, along with another great trip to the Pinehurst Intercollegiate in the spring. Our schedule has gotten a little tougher each of the last few years and this year will be no exception. The golf courses we play heading into the A-Sun Championship are all very high quality tests of golf and should provide our players with some great preparation as we head into the post-season.
Well, for right now we are just going to focus on getting ready for our season opener at the University of Kentucky. But long term, we are excited about the chance to compete against the teams in the OVC. Given our geographic location, we already see most of the OVC teams throughout the regular season and have some great natural rivalries. Many of the current OVC players have come through the junior ranks in Tennessee, Kentucky and neighboring states, so I know that our players will enjoy the chance to compete against many of the same players they grew up battling in high school.
5. After seeing him play the last two weeks, do you think Tiger Woods will break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 majors?
It would be hard to bet against him, but I think that the next four are going to be much more difficult than the first 14. The air of invincibility is not there at the moment and the new crop of great young players that have come on the scene have no fear. It may take some time for him to get his mind, as much as his golf swing back where it was several years ago. That said, he's not done winning golf tournaments.