May 30, 2007
Senior men’s golfer Torstein Nevestad and the Seminoles begin play Wednesday morning in the 101st NCAA Men’s Golf Championship at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va. With one of the first tee times of the event, the Seminoles will be up bright and early and on the range and the practice green before the sun comes up. Fans can watch the hole-by-hole progression of the tournament by logging onto golfstat.com for complete results and can log onto seminoles.com to read Nevestad’s thoughts on the performance on the course by the Seminoles.
“We teed off for our second practice round Tuesday at 8 a.m. Although it’s hard to get up early in the morning it was nice to get to the course before everybody else and just cruise through the course. Practice rounds are normally very slow so it was nice to have an early tee time. Since we tee off first on Wednesday, going off early was perfect because it left us some extra time to rest, not that we really need that time after Coach Mike Bradley’s workouts this year.
“I don’t think I will ever meet anyone as dedicated to strength and conditioning as Coach Bradley. I think all of us are in much better shape than we have ever been. People might not realize it, but conditioning has become increasingly important. It’s not that walking 18 holes is that physically demanding, but if you are not in shape it will affect your ability to focus throughout each hole and the entire tournament. Hitting the ball far has also become important and that’s where strength and flexibility comes into play. With the thick rough outside the fairways and around the greens on this course you have to be pretty strong and able to control the ball to achieve your desired distance out of the thick stuff.
“The atmosphere surrounding the tournaments is very relaxed. That does not mean that we are just content with being here. We are teeing up to win and playing to win. That is our goal every week we play and this week is no different. The pressure of getting here is a lot bigger than what it feels like when you have made it. This team has played well all year and now it’s time to go out and have some fun.
“We have some good support up here, Parents, grandparents, girlfriends and friends have made their way up to Williamsburg and that means a lot to all of us. It’s nice to have some garnet and gold in the crowd and hopefully we can make it a little exciting for our supporters that have made the trip to Williamsburg.
“We are all excited about playing and everybody has their game plan in mind. All that’s left now is a little sleep before the alarm goes off at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.”