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Submitted by Victoria Hickey on February 12, 2014 – 2:59 pmOne Comment



photo courtesy Nelson Chenault - Back Row, Left to Right: Assistant Coach Bucky Magness, Colby Benton, Ben Etchebarne, Luis Cedeno, Nick Zimmerman, Brad Graham, Alfred Kerstis, Head Coach Jake Harrington. Front Row, Left to Right: Tyler Reynolds, Matias Calderon, Johann Voss, Noah Tullos.

The UALR men’s golf team tees off its spring season on Feb. 21 in Palm Desert, California. Leading the team for the second semester is head coach Jacob Harrington. Coach Harrington joined the program last semester, moving here from South Mountain Community College in Arizona.

Last semester the team placed fourth in the DA Weibring Intercollegiate tournament and first in the Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational. The coach and players seem to agree that they got off to a shaky start in the fall, but they are prepared to come back and play strong the spring. “This is a team that will battle for the Sun Belt Conference Championship… If we get hot at the right time we could really win the Sun Belt Conference and go to the regional championship,” Coach Harrington said.

Leading the team on the course is senior Nick Zimmerman. Last year Zimmerman was an Academic All-American, meaning he had over a 3.5 GPA, and he also had a scoring average below 74.5.  Nick hopes to become an Academic All-American again this year. Nick also plans on working hard to make sure the team has a chance to win the Sun Belt Conference.

Another one of the teams top players, junior Alfred Kerstis, is also excited for the spring semester. Alfred’s goals for the season include the team winning the Sun Belt Conference and achieving high academically himself. Alfred believes that, though the team did not play their best in the fall, the team is very determined and will play well in their spring tournaments.

Not only do these men worry about good scores on the course, but they are also very focused on academics.  Zimmerman said that last semester he was ranked fourth in the conference, but towards the end of the fall season he had to miss a couple tournaments because of tests. “School comes first,” he said.

The men are determined and focused to represent the best of UALR on the golf course and in the classroom.


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