LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The 2015-16 athletics year gets underway on Monday, Aug. 31 as the Covenant men's and women's golf teams compete in the Piedmont Fall Invitational in Clarkesville, Ga., at The Orchard Golf & Country Club.
Second-year head coach Jack Belote is excited to see his teams out on the course.
"I'm really looking forward to this year," Belote said. "Both teams seem eager to get out there and are ready to go."
On the men's side, Covenant returns its top player from 2014-15 in junior Alan Craig. Craig led the team in scoring average and earned a top five and top 10 finish during the season.
"Alan is the team captain and the most experienced player," Belote said. "I'm looking for him to the the leader both on and off the course and I think he's ready to take on that role."
The men's program continues to go through a building process with Belote at the helm, but he is encouraged about the growth his team has experienced already within his first year on the job. For Belote, 2015-16 is about continuing to build a culture of success and sustainability for both programs.
"We are growing, but everything we do this year will continue to build a culture within the program. We want to set a precedent for the future with these players this year," added Belote.
Belote's inaugural recruiting class netted four freshmen. Of those five, Belote expects Josh Wall and Marshall Kent to have an impact immediately, while Austin Snively provides added depth to the roster.
The women will be once again led by Maggie Mauze. The senior from St. Louis, Mo., consistently finished in the upper half of tournaments last season competing as an individual and is looking for more improvement this year.
"Maggie is really excited about this year, her senior year," Belote said. "She worked on her game during the summer and I'm excited to see her breakthrough this year."
Sophomore Ellie Blauw will also be seeking to see her scores improve this year. "Ellie has a lot of potential. I think she'll continue to improve as the year goes on," added Belote.
After the Piedmont Fall Invitational, the teams will play in three more tournaments each during the fall portion of the year. Both teams will have the fall slate conclude at the Chick-fil-A Invitational, hosted by Berry College, towards the end of October.
"The Chick-fil-A Invitational is a big one for us as it's loaded with other very solid Division III programs," Belote said. "Everything we do will be to get ready for that tournament. The Piedmont Fall Invitational is a really good starting point for us as well."
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