“I had a couple low ones last year and thought I had one (in the first round Sunday) but limped coming in,” said Whelan, who is majoring in sociology and minoring in sports studies. “I was playing pretty well, but every day is a different day in this sport.
“I’m getting close. I played real well in the Myopia club championship (this summer). That was probably the best I’ve played ever. I’m just looking for that spark.”
Whelan shot 71-79 in the St. Lawrence Collegiate Invitational, the Saints’ season-opening tournament.
The biggest thing for Whelan right now is consistency. The former Pingree star and Salem News Golfer of the Year feels it’s more about confidence, or that a mental adjustment needs to be made.
“As a team we’re just trying to do as well as we can and are still figuring out our starting five. We’re trying to get more consistent and that’s what I’m trying to figure out,” Whelan said. “A couple high scores really can hurt the team. Now we’re talking with a sports psychologist. We’re mentally frustrated and not confident. Hopefully the sports psychologist will help with that.”
It seems like it’s only a matter of time before Whelan completely returns to the form that helped him earn a place among the dozen golfers selected for the Division 3 PING All-Region Team.
“It was a pretty big honor and cool to see that, but I’m just playing as good golf as I can. Getting the award is great, but if not then so be it. I’m trying to play as well as I can,” Whelan said. “Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t. It was a cool honor to have that award and just rewarding to have a good season.”