The men’s golf team recently competed in a dual match against NVU-Johnson on April 17 at Essex Country Club and newcomer Alex Maunula was named the conference rookie of the week.
“It definitely feels good. I haven’t competed in golf before college level and I have mostly taught myself how to play so it is rewarding to see some results,” Maunula said.
Maunula is a native of Helsinki, Finland, who joined the golf team this year and is also a member of the Castleton men’s hockey team.
For never competing in a competitive golf match before, Maunula didn’t appeared bothered.
“I got off to a quick start birdieing the first hole, and after that, the nerves settled down,” he said.
Maunula built off that fast start and finished the day with a team best score of 83, which placed him third in the match.
“Essex Junction required a lot of control over the ball, and I felt like I was able to put myself at spots to succeed,” Maunula said.
Since then, the golf team travelled down to Rhode Island College to compete in the Little East Conference championships, which is where Maunula said he learned what he needs to improve his game.
“This experience was extremely humbling and showed me that there is still a lot of work to do and that I’m not where I want to be with my game yet,” he said.
The team finished the two-day invitational in fourth place out of four and Maunula scored a 92 and 95 for a total score of 187 for the two days.
As for the future, Maunula expects to keep developing his game with head coach Brian Hill and work toward team success.
“With a coach like Coach Hill, I feel like I have a chance to improve my weaknesses before my senior year and come back even more confident and go ring chasing with the boys next year,” Maunula said.