Augusta, GA (WJBF) -- The GRU Augusta men's golf team is focused on getting back to the top of the college golfing world. Their new head coach has brought a new focus to practice.
The Jaguars are getting set for their first tournament of the spring season and their first tourney under new head coach Jack O'Keefe. O'Keefe left his associate head coaching job at Ole Miss to come to Augusta in December. He replaced Kevin McPherson who left for Coastal Carolina in September.
O'Keefe is charged with the task or raising the program back up to the level it was a couple years ago. Since winning back to back division one national titles in 2010 and 2011, the Jaguars haven't won a single tournament or made the national championships. Coach O'Keefe hopes a more focused, organized approach in practice can help his Jaguars play better in tournaments. "I'm not saying we're doing anything military style or anything too difficult, but the guys are really buying into it. They just needed some structure and some organization. That's been the biggest thing that they've really enjoyed, seeing every day there's a chore to do or a skill to learn or accomplish, and I think they like that.," coach O'Keefe.
Junior Maverick Antcliff says that O'Keefe is using more statistical analysis to see exactly what the players need to work on. It's similar to what they do on the PGA Tour. It makes sense that O'Keefe would use it since he played on the tour in 1997.
The Jaguars have only one senior on the roster, Alex Wennstam. He'll be their #2 golfer when they hit the course this Sunday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. The Jags start the spring season ranked #64 in the country according to Golfweek.