|Off to WAC Championship|
There are plenty of unknowns for the University of Idaho Vandals when they tee off at 6:30 Friday morning in the Western Athletic Conference Championship Golf Tournament.
But there is one big known, too: Coach John Means believes he has a solid contender for the 2014 title.
“We’ve beat every team that is at conference this year except New Mexico State,” he said, “and we’ve only played them once. They’re solid from top to bottom – but so are we.”
Means takes a young team to Las Vegas’ Stallion Mountain Golf Course (par-72; 7,300 yards), which brings up his only true concern: Can they play steady enough through the grueling three-day event.
“We’ve been practicing well,” he said. “All aspects of their games are good. We have to hope they’re there mentally. Everyone has to be ready to play. Deep down inside, it has to do with how confident they feel with what they’re doing when we tee it off.”
Means sends his team out on a course he views as very score-able, which also means a wide-open race.
“It is more of a resort golf course,” he said, “so it is more forgiving. There is some difficulty on it but the score is very score-able. If they hit a poor shot, they have plenty of opportunities to make up for it.
“The only thing we can’t control is we don’t know the speed of the greens.”
Means’ lineup includes juniors Aaron Cockerill and Sean McMullen along with newcomers Rylee Iacolucci, a sophomore transfer, and freshmen Jared du Toit and Ryan Porch.