Peaking Too Early


College Central presented by PINGAsk any college golf coach what one of their top priorities are on a yearly basis, and you will find a majority of them telling you, they want their team to peak at the right time of the year.
That right time falls around the regional and national tournaments each and every May. It makes perfect sense, as every teams goal is to win the national championship. But at every level of golf, it is not always easy to just turn the switch on and off. This leads me to wonder what the mindsets of two teams in particular are at this current point of the year.
On the mens side, Augusta State is fast becoming the darling of the college golf world. Five wins this season and yet the Jaguars are still not receiving the national recognition they deserve, as Josh Gregorys team is ranked second in GCAA poll. Hard to figure since they have taken care of No. 1 Clemson in their most recent battles.
After talking with Gregory, he is somewhat surprised by the recent rankings, but also says his group will use it as a motivational tool. One thing which comes to my mind about Augusta State is can this group of upstarts continue to their torrid pace throughout the spring and are they playing as well as they can play?
These are questions which only the future can answer. But my gut feeling tells me the foundation for this success has been building through the years, and I fully expect the Jaguars to make a legitimate run for the hardware regardless of what happens the next two months.
Duke is the defending national champions are the womens side. Take a look at their run to the title a year ago, and you will see seven events played in the spring with seven victories to their credit.
Talk about peaking, Dan Brooks team did it from start to finish last spring, without missing a beat. What an incredible feat by the Lady Blue Devils, but it leads me to wonder. What can this talented bunch do for an encore?
A 29-shot win in Puerto Rico last week certainly opens some eyes, and makes me wonder if Duke is on the way to repeating to results of last year? Peaking too early for this team is not an option considering what they have done in the past. Next up for the Dukies, is the Lady Gamecock Classic March 14-16.
While there are many teams making a statement in some form or fashion, these two have taken very different paths, but are now finding themselves in very similar positions.
Again, only time will tell if Augusta State and Duke can sustain their hot spring starts and continue their excellence in May.