Golfer Matthew Wessenberg walked off the 18th green at the Newport National Golf Club for the Bentley Invitational carding an 85 to end the 2015-16 season, his worst 18 hole total for the year. The current senior and returning captain for the Assumption College men’s golf team is poised to bounce back after last season’s end.
“We have a young team this year,” said Wessenberg. “We finished off the year really strong, making it to the NCAA tournament, and we hope to repeat that this year and go farther than that, even with a younger team.”
In 15 rounds last season, Wessenberg averaged 79.2 strokes per round, third best for Assumption, as well as two top 10 finishes, tied for the most on the team. His best outing came at Tall Grass Golf Club, where Wessenberg shot 73 and 74 finishing tied for eighth in the Dowling College Tournament.
“The tournament had very difficult with high winds the first day and very hard wind the second day” said Wessenberg. “That was probably my best tournament on the year having played well in the very hard conditions.”
During the offseason, Wessenberg practiced every day on his short irons and putting game, in order to improve for this season. Wessenber focused on improving those two aspects of the game because he believes it will help him when it comes to tournaments.
“Short irons and putting are a key to shooting low scores,” said Wessenberg.
His work has already paid off. In the team’s first tournament, Wessenberg shot 82 and 80. Wessenberg contributed his success in the tournament to his putting.
“My putting was pretty good,” said Wessenberg. “Regardless, I thought I could have shot better, but my putting game saved me multiple times.”
Having played in 29 tournaments for the team in the last two years, Wessenberg’s veteran status keeps him calm and collected while on the golf course. His 29 appearances ranks second most for Assumption in that span.
Wessenberg plans on using that experience to help him prepare for tournaments better throughout the year.
“Experience overall helps because it is easier to play well when you’ve played the course before,” said Wessenberg. “It takes the pressure off and the nerves go away when you have played the course before.”
As one of three returning seniors, the Assumption College men’s golf team looks towards Wessenberg’s success as a major contribution as the 2016-2017 season progress, a task he embraces with open arms.
“I am thrilled to have the season back and to be competing with my teammates,” said Wessenberg.
Adam Lewis is a staff writer for Le Provocateur