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The Dakota Wesleyan University men’s and women’s golf team have been finding it hard to get in the swing of things this spring.

The Tigers haven’t been able to put together a consistent schedule for practice or tournaments.

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Since the Tigers opened spring practice in mid-February, they have only practiced outside four times.

“A lot of years, winter kind of quits around this time and spring comes in and takes over, but it doesn’t seem like winter wants to let go this year,” said DWU head coach Adam Anderson, who estimated that 95 of the program’s practices have been inside this season. “We are having indoor practices and doing everything we can to get ourselves ready for our tournaments. It is really hard to get a routine down or momentum going because it is hard to tell when you are going to be able to practice.”

Both teams also had to deal with inclement weather last spring due to snowstorms that hit the Mitchell area in April. The women’s team had five events canceled along with one of its Great Plains Athletic Conference qualifiers canceled, while the men’s squad had four events canceled.

So far this season, the men’s and women’s golf teams have each competed in one event. The men are coming off winning the TigBro Cup against Hastings College last weekend.

The women’s first event on the schedule, which was set for March 3-4, was canceled. They finally got a taste of competition at Missouri Western State for the Holiday Inn Invite, where they played one day of golf and finished 12th. The second round of the tournament was canceled, again because of the weather.

“It is hard to tell if we are getting better score-wise because of the weather, but you can tell whether or not you are improving on skill development,” Anderson said. “You can tell that we are not as far as we want to be in our progression of skills as we normally are. That is because we can’t get the feel of hitting a real golf ball. You are able to hit real golf balls outside, and you cannot do that inside. You can’t replicate actually hitting that real golf ball feel. It takes awhile to get that back.”

Anderson added the only thing his team can do is keep working hard indoors and hope the weather turns around soon.

The DWU men are scheduled to hit the course again Saturday at the Bethel Invite in Newton, Kan., while the women play at the Peru State College Invite on April 6 in Nebraska City, Neb.

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