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K.C. Harding, Knox College Men’s Golf Coach

GALESBURG, Illinois—The Prairie Fire men’s golf team begins the season in their rightful place, atop the Midwest Conference in the preseason poll. After coming up two strokes short at the conference championships last season, the team is looking to prove the conference coaches right and win their first league championship since 2008.

“It was great to see that the rest of the Midwest Conference thought we deserved the #1 seed this year,” said head coach K.C. Harding. “However with being the #1 seed we have a big target on our back, it’s time to see what we are made of since we are now the hunted instead of the hunters.”

In the fall, the men’s golf team received the Mark Laesch Award.  The Knox men’s golf team led all Division III golf programs with a 27.58 stroke improvement per round. Teams were recognized based on improvement in adjusted stroke average per round from the 2016-17 to 2017-18 seasons. Mark Laesch was the founder of Golfstat and instrumental in building college golf into what it is today.

Knox travels to Reynolds Plantation in Cummings, Georgia for their spring break trip to kick off the season. The will battle Georgia College on March 15.

“I am very anxious to get the season started,” continued Harding. “We will have to overcome missing Jason White for the first few tournaments due to an injury however that will allow me to see who is ready to step up.  Playing a Division II program that is getting votes in the poll will be a tough challenge but we will give it our best. The Spring break trip is a great experience for the team.  Not only do they have an opportunity to play some of the best courses in the state of Georgia, but they will also get the chance to grow closer as a team.  I cannot thank the Whitcomb family enough for the wonderful experience.”

The hunt for the Prairie Fire’s 30th conference championship has begun.