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Roets plays key role on men’s golf team

Roets plays key role on men’s golf team

Roets plays key role on men’s golf team
April 22
23:35 2015

Myka Williams / Contributing Writer

The Mean Green men’s golf team is making its way to the Conference USA Championship in Texarkana, Texas from April 26-29. The team has had many golfers step up this year, including senior Jason Roets.

In its last tournament, the Aggie Invitational on April 5, the team finished in eighth place. Roets shot 8-over-par to finish tied for 38th with his fellow teammate Cory Churchman.

Head coach Brad Stracke said the 6-foot-3-inch senior from South Africa has become a team leader, and he is not only achieving his goals on the golf course, but off it as well.

“He’s a good guy,” Stracke said. “He’s doing well in school and gets along with others really well. Socially, he’s a really good leader for these guys.”

North Texas traveled to San Antonio to compete in the Lone Star Invite on March 24. The team shot 9-under-par for the tournament and Roets barely missed out on the individual championship.

He posted a 2-under-par 70 in the final round to finish 8-under-par for the tournament, just one shot behind the eventual champion.

“He’s a hard worker and prepares just as good as anyone in the country,” Stracke said. “It’s nice he showed up shooting 800. He could of finished to tie for the lead, but unfortunately he didn’t.”

In the 2013-14 season, Roets had the second-lowest stroke average on the team. He began the spring season with three straight top-10 finishes and shot a 7-under-par 65 at the John Hayt Invite on March 1, finishing sixth place.

“He always tries to improve and has a lot of talent, obviously, “ sophomore teammate Cory Churchman said.

Sophomore Andrew Hudson said Roets has taught a lot to the younger golfers like himself and Churchman.

“He’s our team captain,” sophomore Andrew Hudson said. “He sets a great example through his leadership and tenacity practicing. He’s a really great guy and I like hanging out with him off the golf course.

Roets said one of the biggest keys to his game is staying focused on the course.

“I make sure everything is how I want it to be,” Roets said. “If I ever get lost, I take a break and sit down. When I come back, I make sure I’m more focused hitting, putting and communicating with other teammates.”

Roets said he wants to continue impacting his team as the C-USA championship approaches. He said the teammates will need to feed off each other in order to win, and it can’t be an individual effort.

“We have a lot of great players on our team,” Roets said. “We try to get other guys to practice as much as they can. It’s about working as a team, going out there and giving it our best to make it to the top.”

Featured Image: Senior Jason Roets watches his ball fly down the the fairway after driving it off the tee box. Photo courtesy of Rick Yeatts/Mean Green Sports

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