Summers Takes On Rebuiliding BC Golf Program
The Bluefield College golf team has not done much this spring. That is because they have not had much to do — nor have they had many to do it.
April 5, 2010
Aaron Summers will lead the golf program for BC.
BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield College golf team has not done much this spring. That is because they have not had much to do — nor have they had many to do it.
They have also spent several months without a head coach, a situation that was remedied with the hiring of Aaron Summers, a young newcomer to the top spot with a background in the collegiate game.
"I came from Radford University and I've been around college programs for a while," Summers said.
"As far as the guys are concerned, they're as good of guys as I've dealt with and that makes it a lot easier on me. They're really cooperative and they're understanding of our tough start right now."
Summers first played golf at Radford, then worked as an assistant coach. He came into a new situation with the Ramblin' Rams, so he needed help from the players on the team to get acclimated to his new surroundings.
"I really didn't know a lot about Bluefield and I didn't really know my way around campus and that kind of thing," Summers said.
"The seniors on the team have really helped as far as that goes. I didn't have to do it all on my own and I didn't know how the program was run before and how the school operates. That's helped a lot."
One senior has helped in particular. Daniel Schroeder kept the team together during their time without a coach, organizing meetings and making sure there would be a group to represent Bluefield College in the spring.
"He's been the biggest help to be honest. He's basically acted as an assistant coach for me," Summers said. "There was a little layover period between coaches. So he basically had taken the team during that time.
"He's been really helpful. He had quite a bit of information that made the transition a little easier."
Schroeder's work was especially meaningful considering that there are only five members on the Bluefield College golf roster — and two of them split their time between golf and baseball.
"We've been trying to get some recruiting in," Summers said. "We only have a couple guys returning for next year. It's been a little tough early."
The Rams have not been helped by the harsh winter that kept them indoors and limited their practice time.
"We really haven't been able to practice because of the weather," Summers said. "Hopefully ... we'll be able to turn that around. We've been able to practice almost every day. So expect it to be a little better."
In the time they have had, the Rams have worked hard.
"The athletes that I have, primary athletes, have done everything I could ask of them," Summers said. "They've been there every day and it's been a little bit of a change for them. There wasn't quite the structure in the past and they weren't used to this amount of practice and that kind of thing and they've been anxious to do it."
In their lone tournament on March 25, Schroeder led the Rams with a 158 over two rounds. But Bluefield College's limited roster has left Summers without high hopes.
"To be honest, I don't have a lot of expectations as far as the rest of the season," he said. "I do expect that they'll — and I know that they will — do everything that they can.
"The end of the season's coming soon. So it's kind-of a lot of work to do in a short period of time. But they'll work as hard as they can."
Summers admits that anything can happen.
"Golf, it is an individual sport, but you're putting them in the team setting," he said. "You never know. You get all the individuals playing well together at the same time, you can win whatever you're playing in."
No matter how the Rams do in their tournament April 4-6 in Georgia, or the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament in Chattanooga, Summers sees nowhere to go but up.
"I think that there's a lot of room for improvement," he said.
"I think that it's been a program that's been secondary and it happens a lot at college golf teams. They call them secondary sports.
"I think that the potential is good. The school is committed now to building a program and they know that I'm willing to put the time and effort into building a good program."