Summarized by Kent Larsen
Cougar golfers lose, but future is looking bright
Deseret News 6Jun99 L3
By Mike Sorensen: Deseret News sports writer
BYU finished a disappointing seventh-place in the NCAA golf championships,
but the team has shown that its future is very bright. All five players on
the current team will return next year, and coach Bruce Brockbank says that
the team will get better, both because of blue-chip recruits the Cougars
are after and because current team members will improve.
"We're going to be pretty tough next year," said coach Bruce Brockbank.
"We're only going to get better. There's a lot of exciting things ahead for
these five kids and we have two or three at home who will push us along.
Last year we talked about doing better at the (NCAA) regionals. This year
we'll talk about doing better at the NCAA tournament."
This is the Cougar's first year at the NCAA tournament in six years.
Finishing seventh after coming into the tournament seeded 11th, implies
that the team is better than perception. But the team had hoped to do even
better. "We were looking to win and we had the opportunity," said Andy
Miller. "But this was my first and everybody else's first national
championship. With everybody coming back next year it's a great outlook. We
have nothing but good to look forward to."
One member of the current team, Todd Miller, is currently considering an
LDS mission. He is the youngest of three sons of championship golfer Johnny
Miller who are all on the BYU team at the moment. Todd may put off the
mission for a year so that he can play one more year on the team with his
brothers, who will both graduate before he would return from his mission.
His father says that Todd has the most potential of all of his sons.