ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ERIC CLARK
Tabor College golf coach Jeremy Glanzer has been involved with the Bluejay golf team during its rebirth since his sophomore year in college. Glanzer was a player on the team in its first season and has been the head golf coach since 2001.
Glanzer and his men’s team, coming off a trip to the NAIA regional tournament a year ago, are ready to make a run at the conference title.
“Last year a lot of history was made,” Glanzer said. “Our goal is to win the conference tournament and get to the regional tournament. The way we’re playing right now, we have a chance at going to nationals. The guys really want to win the conference this year.”
Tabor ace Ebin Waters returns for the Bluejays as their No. 1 player. Glanzer said Waters is one of the best golfers in the conference.
“Ebin had been around the game since he was 5 years old,” Glanzer said. “To get a kid like Ebin is amazing. His desire is to play golf professionally and to put Tabor on the map as a professional player. His desire, ambition and work ethic are unlike any guy on our team or in the conference. He spends seven or eight hours on the course in the summer working on his game.”
In the first three tournaments, Waters has finished fourth, third and 23rd at tournaments with more than 80 to 90 golfers, Glanzer said.
“All he wants to do is win tournaments,” Glanzer said. “He doesn’t care about anything other than winning the tournaments.”
Freshman Scott Palermo is the Bluejays No. 2 player. Glanzer said Palermo is an intricate part of his team.
“Scott has the drive to compete at the college-level,” Glanzer said. “He’s constantly pushing Ebin.”
The Bluejays will also field a women’s team with two golfers Glanzer said.
“If I can get five women golfers total, we will probably go to nationals,” Glanzer said. “It’s just hard to get them here.”
Southwestern College and Newman University are the only two teams in the area that have women’s golf programs.
The Bluejays hosted their own meet Friday and Saturday at Junction City.
Waters placed first at the Tabor Invitational with a score of 148. Palermo finished fourth with a 149.
As a team the Bluejay men finished fourth at the event.