The Tyler Junior College men’s golf team is ranked No.1 in the nation by the NJCAA and Golfstat, which came out earlier in the semester.

As the rankings have come out through Golfstats and the NJCAA, the Tyler Junior College men’s golf team is ranked no.1.

As the guys prepare to hold this title, sophomore, James Glenn is “satisfied because we have played well this semester,” said Glenn. “Although we have played well, we need to stay focused, take tournament by tournament, day by day, and shot by shot and not get ahead of ourselves.”

The team has competed in five tournaments during this fall semester placing first place in the opening tournament hosted by The University of Texas at Tyler. Starting the season off strong, the men continued to play well placing second in Paris Junior College tournament, placing first at The University of Mary Hardin Baylor tournament, placing sixth at The Sam Houston State University tournament (which was a D1 tournament), and finishing the season up with a home tournament picking up another first place win.

The men have continued to practice and play even though season has come to an end for the fall semester. The guys hope to stay in first place throughout Nationals.

The men need to “improve in consistency,” said Sandy Terry, head golf coach.

During play this semester, the top five roster has changed often due to the hard work, dedication and competitiveness of each player.

“Having such strong competitiveness on the team, raises everyone’s level of play,” said Nate Anderson, freshman.

Sophomores James Glenn, Stefan Labuschagne and Jared Johnson have been a part of the top five as well as freshmen Chris George, Nate Anderson and Sebastian Starud.

The men will pick up tournament play in the spring by hosting a tournament Mach 1-2 at Eagles Bluff golf course in Bullard.

TJC men’s golf team will have challenging tournaments to compete in such as the Texas State Championship and district. This is the first year to compete in a district tournament. Previously, each region hosted separate tournaments called the regional tournament. This year, Region Five and fourteen will host this tournament together. Taking the top six teams of the DI teams will advance to the national tournament. The national tournament will be May 18-21 in Goodyear, Ariz. at Palm Valley Golf Course.

“Rankings don’t really mean anything. Rankings don’t win tournaments,” said Terry.

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