While the rest of campus activities wind down and the end of the school year approaches, the University of Richmond men's golf team is working hard to prepare for its conference championship tournament.
The team's head coach, Adam Decker, said the men had been playing well at home this season.
"At any time, any one of them can step up and play really well for us," he said.
The Spiders play in the Wofford Intercollegiate tournament in Spartanburg, S.C. this week, with play continuing until Tuesday. They were in first place as of Monday night with one round to play.
When they return to Richmond, the Spiders will prepare to face North Carolina State University this weekend in Raleigh.
Junior Brad Miller said the team would face some busy weeks in the near future.
"We have two tournaments this week," he said. "We've got to grind through those and then we have our conference tournament so we're really trying to win that."
Miller said the team would be rearranging their final exam schedules in order to prepare for the Atlantic 10 championship tournament, located in Howey in the Hills, Fla.
"We're leaving on Wednesday of exam week, so we have to do all of our exams on Monday and Tuesday," he said.
Decker said he was concerned about the mental condition of his players.
"They have a lot of challenges ahead of them," he said. "In terms of golf, I know they're prepared, but mentally, it's really draining for them."
Senior Sam Beach said the conference championship represented everything he and his teammates had worked toward for years.
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He said: "More than any other year, this year we have the best chance of winning the conference championship. It's really important that we finish really well."
Decker said he and his team needed to stay focused on the next event.
"We keep things in perspective and [don't] get ahead of ourselves," he said. "We keep it boring, work on the next round, the next shot, and work on one thing at a time."
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