The second-ranked Dodge City Community College Men’s Golf team will begin play in the NJCAA national tournament today at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in Garden City.
The four-day tournament will feature all of the top junior college teams in the country and head coach Chris Robinson said his team is hopeful and their confidence is high.
“We feel like if we play well for four days, we’re going to be right there,” Robinson said. “We beat (No. 1) Indian Hills in the preview and we had a couple of close second place finishes where we didn’t play well. We’re excited and anxious and ready to go.”
The Conquistador have a familiarity with the course having hosted an invitational there earlier this season and they’ve made multiple trips to practice on the course just an hour away.
“We’ve seen (the course) six rounds in tournament play and I’ve brought them over five other times,” Robinson said. “We know what it does, I’ve got a gameplan and once we put that together we expect good things.
The same guy who built Mariah Hills where we play 24/7, seven days a week, his last golf course he built was Buffalo Dunes. There are a lot of similarities in design and green structure. The boys feel like it’s their second home.”
Knowledge of the course isn’t everything though. Robinson is still counting on his players including the No. 1 ranked junior college golfer in the country, Witchayapat “Tiger” Sinsrang, to bring their best.
Tiger was just named one of six finalists for the 2017 NJCAA Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award given to the top Division One and Two junior college golfer in the country. The winner will be announced June 1st.
“I think he’s the first ever finalist in Dodge City Community College history,” Robinson said. “That’s pretty awesome.”
Robinson isn’t worried about nerves for his team, he just thinks they’re ready to play.
“You prepare them the same way,” Robinson said. “You practice the same way. I think we’ll be just fine. I don’t think they’ll be nervous. They might be nervous on that first tee but once they swing it then we’re good to go.”