CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - One of the best kept secrets in the North East Ohio athletic scene is the Cleveland State Men's Golf program. Despite winning five consecutive Horizon League championships a good portion of the student body does not even know they have a team.
Senior Anton Krecic has heard it all. "Club golf? Do you play here for fun?" are two of the questions he gets a lot. "No, we're a Division 1 sport and we are here to play and here to win."
And they do win.
The Vikings have not only won five straight Horizon League titles, they have won nine since 2006. Steven Weir played on the 2006 team, he’s coached the rest. He took over the program and lead them to league titles in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. “Trying to build a family,” said Weir. “We recruit as locally as we can. I don’t think our players are recruited hard enough in northern Ohio. I recruit 90% of the time around here and bring players into a program that makes them feel like a family.”
Making it six titles in a row will be challenging. Krecic is the club’s only healthy Senior. The rest of the team is underclassmen. Fortunately for the Vikings they have time to work things out. While they are playing in tournaments, the one that counts the most is the Horizon League tournament in late April. That is two months to get things ironed out. “Each tournament we find a little way to improve each time,” Krecic said. “Our progress leading up to conference has always been why we’re successful there.”
The Vikings next hit the links on March 11th in Tampa in the USF Invitational.The Horizon League tournament begins Sunday, April 21 in Florida.