WCU men’s golf searching for consistency to begin the season

The men’s golf team has started their season with the Golfweek Fall Challenge, the JT Poston Invitational, and the Badger Invitational in Wisconsin. 

The team has a packed schedule throughout the season, traveling to Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee and returning to Wisconsin. 

Head Coach Tim Eckberg sees potential with the young team and is looking to establish consistency.  

“Our roster this year is young,” Eckberg said. “This year is going to be about growth and gaining experience. Finding the consistency is what the goal is for the year.” 

With the season still young, Eckberg has the team focusing on changes that can improve the immediate performance. 

“Each player has some specific things to work on during the off-season,” Eckberg said. “However, as we prepare for the final two events…we will be focusing on wedges, short game and lag putting. Our crew can play. We’ve played nine rounds so far, half have been spectacular, and half have been less than stelar, not much middle ground.” 

Golfweek Fall Challenge (Sept. 10-12) 

The golf team finished third at the Golfweek Fall Challenge in South Carolina setting a WCU school record score of 822 over the three-day event.  

Fifth-year senior Magnus Pedersen excelled at this event setting a career-best with a score of 201 for the three rounds. Pederson was shy of the school individual record of 200 set by Dylan MacQueen in 2017.

JT Poston Invitational (Sept. 25-26) 

The men’s golf team finished 11th at the JT Poston Invitational. The Catamounts finished with a score of 836 for the event.  

Sophomores Ivan Ninkovic tied for 16th place overall finishing with a three-round score of 210 while Josh Lendach, competing on his own unattached from WCU, finished with the best final-round tally. 

Badger Invitational (Oct. 1-3) 

The golf team finished 15th overall with a score of 886 in the Badger Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin Sunday, Oct. 1 through Tuesday, Oct. 3.  

Redshirt senior Pablo Hernandez tied for 61st place with a score of 223 while Ninkovic tied for 69th with a score of 225.