PELLA — Eighteen members of the Central College men’s and women’s golf teams made a memorable trip to the sport’s birthplace with a trip to Scotland May 23-June 1.
The Dutch will fly to Edinburgh next Monday, then spend four nights at the historic St. Andrews and four of North Berwick. Playing opportunities include St. Andrews Links Eden Course, the Panmure Golf Club (men’s team only), the Crail Golfing Society Balcomie Course, Dunbar Golf Club, Gullane Golf Club No. 2 and West Links at North Berwick Golf Club.
“Obviously this is the home of golf,” the men’s coach said Mel Blasi | said. “Anyone who is a golf enthusiast always looks at Scotland as a bucket-list place. And for our players to get there when actually competing while also learning the history of golf and Scotland is a once in a lifetime. Opportunity. I’ve never been there before and I think I’m just as excited as any of our boys. “
Blasi says the 150th British Open will be played at the Old Course in St. Louis. Andrews July 10-17.
“We’ll tour the course and some of the guys can play it,” he said.
The trip was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the global pandemic. Four players who aspired to travel that year, but have already graduated, joined this year’s tour.
“It’s finally starting to sink in that we’re going to have to go,” the women’s coach said Tabitha Schumacher.
Schumacher said the trip will provide a great start to the fall season.
“There were a lot of times, during the time we had this spring that I kept telling the players,‘ This prepares us for Scotland, ’” he said. “There are a lot of windy days and the high is probably in the lower 60s, so we can see the weather we’re used to. I think that will help grow our games to learn how to hit shots or be able to flying balls in the air as well as having that experience together as a team. ”
For decades, Central has provided many learning opportunities to experience the world. Central’s football, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s tennis squads took international trips. That attitude helped spark the idea for travel among Dutch players.
“The players are definitely excited to absorb it all,” Schumacher said.
And Blasi is hopeful that future Dutch squads will have the same opportunity.
“I think we want to try to build it more than once,” he said. “I want us to come back again.”
Current members of the Central golf team participating
(2022-23 class year listed)
Whitney Anderson Sioux Rapids, Iowa/Sioux Central
Mackenzie Biggs Jr. Bloomington, Ill./Normal
Peyton Bytnar Jr. Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf
Madison Clark Sr. Bloomington, Ill./Central Catholic
Lydia land So. Hull, Iowa/Boyden-Hull
Rachel Sohn Jr. Sutherland, Iowa/South O’Brien
Parker Stout So. Lowden, Iowa/North Cedar
Delaney Underwood Sr. Mitchellville, Iowa/Colfax-Mingo
Avery Woods Jr. Long Grove, Iowa/North Scott
Keegan Bianchi Sr. Dallas Center, Iowa/Dallas Center-Grimes
Jacob Brainerd Sr. DeWitt, Iowa/Central DeWitt
Harold Dobernecker Jr. Nevada, Iowa/Nevada
Kyle Gabos Sr. Plymouth, Minn./Maple Grove
Charlie Gaer Jr. Des Moines, Iowa/Roosevelt
Dustin Haines Sr. Sigourney, Iowa/Sigourney
Cole Hartnett So. Waukee, Iowa/Waukee
Nate Lendman So. Poplar Grove, Ill., Belvidere North
Jackson Murphy So. Carthage, Ill./Illini West