They say hard work pays off, and the Rider boy’s golf teams know a thing or two about putting in the work.
Junior, Lane Garcia told us, “We’ve come a long way. First couple tournament of the year, we didn’t shoot any good scores, not what we wanted to, pretty close to last place in some of the tournaments and especially at the regional preview, we didn’t do as well as we wanted to,” but they didn’t give up.
Rider golf coach, Dakota Robbins said, “People don’t see all the hard work but I mean they’re out here two-thirty, two-forty five every day, we’re leaving at five, five-thirty.”
These boys give credit to two people, the man upstairs and their head coach.
Reading a scripture on his phone, Garcia said, “Corinthians 3:21 whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the lord and not for human masters.”
Senior, Robert Borgman continued to say, “He told us just get the ball in the hole quicker and fewer shots than the other guy and that’s basically what we did and now we’re going to state.”
Those words “We’re going to state” haven’t been said by a boy’s golf team at Rider since 1999.
Senior, Clark Dunkelberg told us, “It’s definitely a great honor and this gives you a really good sense of accomplishment just knowing that you finally broke the streak of not going, so definitely an amazing feeling just to be able to get that title back for Rider.”
Most of them have played under Coach Robbins since they were freshmen on the team and Robbins said he is proud of their growth.
Robbins added, “Just the fact that we are able to put it all together for the second round when we really needed a really low score to go to state, I couldn’t be more proud of them, I’m kind of at a loss for words.”
He said what’s worked for his team is just going out on the course and having fun.
Dunkelberg continued to say, “We went out there and just tried to hit some golf shots. Definitely going out there and believing we can do it because we put in the work.”
They plan on doing just that at the state tournament May 14th and 15th in Georgetown.