FORT WAYNE – The Heritage golf team may be used to not getting a lot of attention, but that doesn’t mean the Patriots have to like it.
I definitely think that we are under the radar, junior Nick Bienz said. And I can tell you the whole team does feel that way.
When a golf preview came out in the newspaper and mentioned ACAC teams Leo and Garrett, it was just more of the same for the Patriots, who won the conference regular-season title last year, were second in the league tournament and returned their top five golfers this season.
When we saw it, and we weren’t even mentioned, we were very disappointed and sort of angry at the same time, Bienz said. We felt like we should have been who everyone was talking about considering we didn’t lose anyone from last season. But at the same time, we became extremely motivated and determined. We said, Hey, that’s fine that they didn’t mention us. We will just come out and surprise everyone and show them how good and underrated we really are.’
We were disappointed, but very determined.
The Patriots will get their chance at turning some heads Saturday in the ACAC tournament at Brookwood.
We like being under the radar because it takes a bit of the pressure off of us, and we are able to play more relaxed, senior Carter Dornseif said.
The ACAC tourney carries more motivation for Heritage.
The Patriots, who have never won the league’s tournament, lost to Garrett by one stroke last year.
We want to make it a special one, Bienz said. Plus we are trying to make history. We want to be the first ones to do so.
Heritage won the ACAC round-robin regular-season portion of the conference championship this year.
That tournament has been on all of our minds from the beginning of the season, and we really want to bring home both trophies this year, Dornseif said.
The key, as well as a necessity, is utilizing all five golfers’ scores.
We don’t have the luxury of having several players to choose from, which is imperative that our five players play well consistently at the same time, Heritage coach C.C. Fullove said.
Rounding out the team’s top five are seniors Ben Lomow and Connor Burton and junior Dan Schmidt.
Knowing that you can have a bad day and your fifth guy can help you out it critical, Bienz said. It showed when we played at Chestnut Hills against Canterbury. After the top four guys had came in, we were down by one. Our fifth guy stepped it up when he had to and got us the win. So not only is it good for depth, but it is huge in the mental game.