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Eastern golf teams among 5 sports in action over break

JJ Bullock, Assistant Sports Editor

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Spring break will not be much of a break for the five Eastern sport’s teams that will be playing in a combined 23 events during the break.

The location of the events, which include Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina, have spring break written all over them, but it will be routine games for the Panthers.

The team with the most action waiting in front of them is the women’s golf team who will open up its spring season with three different tournaments beginning on Monday with the Butler Benbow invite in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

The women’s golf team is returning to the course after a fall season in which they averaged 333 as a team and is returning all six of its golfers from the fall, including senior Anne Bahr who is hoping to put together a good last season as a Panther.

“I’d like to break my collegiate low of 72 at some point and I’d be really happy to crack into the top-10 at conference,” Bahr said. “I’m excited for the spring for our team. I think it’ll be a lot of fun and I’m hoping we can get some low rounds together and be competitive.”

The three tournaments they are playing in will have them playing nine times in 10 days and Bahr is hoping she will see herself get back into midseason form and that the team will “get their legs under themselves.”

“We haven’t been able to get outside to see ball flight at all, maybe six times, so it’s really about getting comfortable again and taking advantage of the warm weather,” Bahr said.

After the Benbow invite, the women’s golf team will go to Jacksonville, Florida for the Butler Bulldog Florida Invite.

Then on Sunday, it is off to the Morehead State Citrus Classic in Sorrento, Florida.

The first two tournaments will be new to Bahr, but the third one she played in last year.

“I’m expecting it to be fairly similar. It was tough course, with a long-layout and a couple tricky holes,” Bahr said. “But, it does give you chances to score here and there which you have to take advantage of. It was in great shape last year and I’m hoping for it to be the same this year.”

The men’s golf team will be playing its second match of the spring in the Tennessee-Martin Grover Page classic in Martin, Tennesse.

The Panthers finished in 7th place of nine teams in their last action in the Alabama State Spring Kickoff.

“I’m hoping we can improve each tournament and be in contention to win by the end of the season,” senior Alex Gowin said. “I personally want to work hard to finish my last season as strong as possible.”

The Tennessee-Martin meet will be the second of four-regular season meets for the team before the conference championships.

“The conference tournament at the end of the season is something I’m looking forward to,” Gowin said. “Each one of the tournaments leading up to conference will be a good opportunity to get better and be ready to go for the last tournament of my athletic career.”

“We have a great group. I’m looking forward to all of them doing well and performing to the best of their ability,” Gowin added.

Other teams competing over spring break include the baseball team which plays Mississippi Valley State on March 14. and opens up its home games of the season on March 17.

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams play on March 17 at home against Jacksonville State.

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Eastern golf teams among 5 sports in action over break