Looking Forward to Spring Season with Men’s Golf Captain Jack Godin ’24

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Annika Dyczkowski ’25

Sports editor

Trinity men’s golf teed off their spring season this past Saturday, April 6 at the Bill Detrick Invitational, starting strong with Trinity A placing first overall on home turf at Keney Park. As the team warms up for the latter half of their season, the Tripod had the opportunity to reflect on past seasons and discuss spring expectations with captain Jack Godin ‘24. 

Godin is a returning starter, having been named to the GCAA/Ping All-Region Team and All-NESCAC Second Team his sophomore season. He believes that the team has high potential for this spring. In the fall, they placed second four times (three of which were invitationals against 21-24 schools) and placed first twice. “It was one of our best ever fall [seasons].” Because there is no at-large bid for the NESCAC conference tournament, Godin relays their commitment to success, “We’ve been close before, but we’ve never found a way… but the expectations are really high coming off the fall season.” 

In the fall, the team competed against every NESCAC school and did not lose to any of them. “Sure, we’re considered a favorite going into it, but nothing’s guaranteed.” Godin shares that this is the key to the team’s success, “I’ve learned a lot over my last three years about how to handle [the game], and nothing’s been a guarantee.I’m excited to just come to the golf course everyday and do our best.”

Godin said that the team culture is, simply put: fun. “Everyone gets along, everyone knows what’s going on and practices are super fun because it’s the one time we can get together all season.” On the topic of practice, Godin shared that the team is incredibly reliant on inter-squad competition in order to perform well when it matters most. “People hold other people accountable, and that’s what contributes to success, it’s a fun and competitive environment at the same time.”

When asked how much he believes team culture contributes to their success, Godin laughed. “A lot.” He described his teammates’ shared mindset, saying “Everyone on our team has won at a certain level so everyone expects to win. It sets up a good environment of success, you know, people wanting to win and people wanting to be competitive.” He described how the team’s past coach and current head men’s ice hockey coach Matt Greason had a valuable impact as well. “He always said, ‘It’s my program but it’s your team,’ just giving us another reason to care.” Godin also mentioned how the dynamic has shifted since his freshman year. “It’s definitely something that’s changed over the years, but it’s gotten better as I’ve been here.”

Although golf is an individual game, as Godin alluded to, he enjoyed the team aspect of the game. “[The team] is such a good support system and we’re always excited to see each other play well.” He concluded, “This team is so fun and it’s a group of friends I’ll have for the rest of my life.”

Trinity A, which placed first on the team leaderboard against 14 other schools, consisted of Cooper Yaccino ’24, Benjamin Boyd ’25, Marc DeGaetano ’26, Henry Reilly ’26 and Godin. 

Yaccino won the individual title, shooting two under par on Sunday, April 7 to place first overall. The team’s next invitational is this weekend Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 14 at the Tim Brown Invitational hosted by Skidmore College. 

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