Local Golfers Fueling BU’s Run To Regional

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Who says your golf team has to be stocked with plays from warm-weather states to be any good?

Not Bradley.

“I always played multiple sports growing up. In the winter, we played basketball and you waited until it got warm,” said Bradley junior Drake Bushong. “That’s when you played golf. Nowadays, people think you have to play year-round. This proves you don’t have to.”

Bushong, who is from Pekin, led the Braves to their first Missouri Valley golf title. Bradley is heading to an NCAA regional for the first time in 60 years.

“It shows mental toughness. We practice inside all winter, hitting wedge shots inside a dome, we use different clubs and coach tries to change it up and make us face as much adversity as possible,” said senior Zach Jewell. “So when we go to these tough golf course with conditions we are not used to, putting on different greens and stuff, we are mentally tough.”

Jewell, a Limestone High School grad, and Bradley head to the Texas A&M regional featuring a roster loaded with players from central Illinois.

“I would say we are doing the right things here. We are getting the most out of our practices, we are all putting in hard work,” said Michael Mounce, an el Paso-Gridley graduate. “I would say we are getting the most out of what we are doing here.”

Bradley leaves for Texas on Friday and will play in the three-day NCAA regional on Monday.

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