By Theresa Breault
With the upcoming golf season, the life and legacy of the late Coach Tom Farren has been reflected upon. It has been especially difficult for the Saint Mary’s University men’s golf team to cope with the loss of their coach, who died suddenly in November. Although his death has not been felt on the fairway yet, as the snow begins to melt and the team begins their practice once more, questions on how the SMU golf team will carry on in Farren’s absence.
“It’s been hard,” said sophomore golf team member Rob Klein, “but we are doing our best to stay together as a team.” Klein reported that the team intends to carry on the traditions of golf that Farren instilled.
Although they are still in the process of looking for a new coach, Klein seemed ready for the new season. “We are dedicating this next season to Coach Farren,” he said. “We are going to continue his
Although Saint Mary’s will not choose a permanent coach until the season next fall, senior captain Jesse Polk seemed optimistic about the team carrying on. “It will be a difficult transition, but I think we will be okay.”
Like Klein, Polk seemed eager to continue on in the ways that Coach Farren had started. As spring approaches and the team prepares to hit the greens once again, it will be with Coach Farren’s voice still in their heads that they continue on into the next season.