BANGOR – The Dugas family has been a part of Husson’s golf success for the last five years.
Last season it resulted in the Eagles’ best finish in the NCAA tournament since 2003, that proved an underwhelming accolade for a team with high expectations.
“Last year we had a heart breaker, missed the cut by a shot, had a couple tough holes the first day. So they know they’re there, they know they’re capable they just have to go play,” said head coach Mike Dugas.
“It sticks with me, knowing I made a triple on ten the second day that could’ve made the difference between us making the cut and being able to play two more days for a national championship,” said senior Gavin Dugas.
It won’t have to stick with Gavin for much longer as he and four of his teammates will be among 216 of the best Division III golfers in the country to take the course in Kentucky this weekend.
“I don’t think it’ll take much I think if everyone plays their own game and sticks to their own process I think we’ll work out pretty fine, we’ve been pretty close the past couple years, so I’m looking forward to it,” said senior Mackenzie Clow.
Golf is by nature an individual sport, but according to Gavin it’s all about competing and winning under the Husson banner in this tournament, “it is individual but when we go there we’re playing as a team. My brother and I have both made it there individually, speaking for him and knowing myself I’d rather be playing with the rest of the team than myself.”
Regardless of their finish they’ll be able to celebrate the ride of the whole Dugas family playing for the eagles, “it’s bittersweet, it’s not something many people get to share with their dad and brother.”