Miami looks to make ‘loud’ statement
Published: Monday, September 2, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 23:09
The Miami University golf team doesn’t hit the course until Sept. 6 and the team couldn’t be more excited because of two simple words: New uniforms.
The golf team will be donning new shorts and pants thanks to Loudmouth Golf. The uniforms have a diamond pattern called Houndstooth that use Miami’s school colors: Red and white. Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Operations and Special Projects Darrell Hallberg has been working towards getting the uniforms for over a year.
“I wanted the loudest, boldest, brightest pair of pants I could find that represented Miami University,” Hallberg said.
Reaching the final goal of purchasing the pants did not come easy for Hallberg; he had to convince head coach Zac Zedrick first.
“(Hallberg) had been pushing me for the last year or two (to buy Loudmouth pants) and I finally said yes, as long as they were red and white,” Zedrick said.
Zedrick said that when he told Hallberg to move forward, he let him pick the design.
“Darrell is the best at what he does, so I knew he’d come up with something great,” Zedrick said.
Hallberg is familiar with the Loudmouth brand, as he wears a pair nearly every Friday. His overall goal for the uniform change, like the recent football uniform change, is to place Miami University in the spotlight and on the map.
“The uniforms will allow us to be edgier for recruiting, and when you turn on the TV or see a picture- you’re going to know who we are,” Hallberg said. “Being involved in Miami University, not just athletics but the University as a whole, is something to be proud of.”
The golf team will look impressive on the course, and Zedrick believes they can perform on the course as well.
“When we go somewhere, we believe that if we show up and take care of business we can win our tournaments,” Zedrick said.
Zedrick expects a group of four upperclassmen to lead the way this year for the ’Hawks.
Seniors Austin Kelly and Mark MacDonald combined for six top individual performances last season for the RedHawks. Junior Scott Cahill had the lowest 18 hole total for the ’Hawks last season with a 68 while his classmate Luke Shaughnessy shot an 18 hole round of 71. Kelly is the only other returning RedHawk that broke 70 last season, shooting a 69.
Although Zedrick expects the quartet of Cahill, Kelly, MacDonald, and Shaughnessy to lead the way, he is confident in his young golfers as well.
“If the older guys start to slack off, the younger ones will be good enough to push and motivate them,” Zedrick said.
Zedrick said he believes anyone on the RedHawks roster is capable of finishing in the top 25 of a tournament.
Although the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship is not until the beginning of May 2014, Zedrick said he believes the fall tournaments play a large role in their season.
“All of the matches add up, we can build off of our fall performances,” Zedrick said.
The combination of new uniforms and a talented team has Zedrick and the RedHawks ready to swing.
“There’s a strong sense of excitement to get going and to get this program to where it belongs,” Zedrick said.