Maintaining a competitive edge in each tournament is the top goal for the Warriors, who had a promising spring break tune-up in Kansas City, Mo.
“I am confident our team can win at least one tournament during the spring,” Clouse said. “We showed some very good signs of solid play during spring break and we are looking to continue to build on those experiences.”
Waldorf opens the spring campaign in the Graceland Invitational, beginning the two-day tournament on Friday at 9 a.m. at Maryville, Mo. It’s a tournament the Warriors have competed in during the last four years, making them familiar with the venue.
“The Graceland Invitational is typically a large event and we will compete against teams from different conferences,” Clouse said. “Our team is well acquainted with the Mozingo Lake Golf Course, so we should be comfortable and confident going into the event.”
Waldorf has placed an emphasis on turning in its strongest performance during the final two rounds of the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Championships, scheduled for April 24-25 at Onalaska, Wis.
The first two rounds of the NSAA Championships, which is a cumulative 64-hole tournament, were held Sept. 26-27 at Albert Lea, Minn. After shooting a two-day score of 656, the Warriors currently hold fifth place in the conference team standings.
Becerra remains in the hunt for an individual conference title, currently sitting in a 13th-place tie after firing a 160-stroke total on rounds of 81 and 79 on the par-72 layout at Wedgewood Cove Golf Club.
Hein finished the fall portion of the NSAA Championships in 17th, shooting a 162 on rounds of 83 and 79. O’Rourke is tied for 18th after carding a 166 on rounds of 84 and 82. Pierce is tied for 24th with a 173 on rounds of 92 and 81. Flores sits in 26th with a 174 behind back-to-back rounds of 87.
Bellevue University, which is receiving votes in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) poll, leads the race for the conference title with 607 strokes and the University of Jamestown (624) currently sits in second. Valley City State University (630), Viterbo University (635), Waldorf (656) and Dickinson State University (726) round out the standings heading into the spring stage of the NSAA Championships. The conference team winner and individual champion qualify for the NAIA National Championships, set for May 16-19 at Silvis, Ill.
With five competitions before the NSAA Championships, the Warriors look to use each outing as a building block as they gear up for the conference tournament.
“We are preparing to have our games at optimum level for the NSAA Championships,” Clouse said. “We will use the tournaments leading up to the conference tournament as a way to gauge our progress.”