Wichita State head men's golf coach Grier Jones is cut from the same cloth as Bill Snyder: a throwback, old school, stuck in his ways.
Some run away from that, others gravitate towards but in the end it all equals success.
Guided by Jones, his Shockers ripped off their fifth straight MVC Golf Championship on Tuesday at Prairie Dunes. All five of the golfers finished with All-Valley honors and Rafael Becker earned MVC Golfer of the Year award. They won so many awards that day, it's hard to remember them all.
WSU is completely dominant on the course and their championships speak volumes to that success. It's hard to win one championship, let alone five and even then five in a row!
The scary thing about the Shockers is their youth. Not a single senior on the team period, and of the five that played and won, three were juniors. The team is stacked with international talent too. South Africa, France and Brazil all dot the roster next to Texas, Oklahoma and of course, Kansas.
For a school with so much rich tradition of success on the basketball court and baseball field, the men's golf team should be right up there with them.
Wherever they are headed in regional play, they will play well and look to knock down a "big school" team.
With the youth on the squad, we will most likely have this conversation next year.
Finally - Rickie Fowler is a winner on the PGA Tour.
Fowler, an Oklahoma State product who has a love affair with the color orange, battled Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points in a sudden death playoff in Charlotte at Quail Hollow.
Fowler winning is important to the PGA, more important than Tiger missing the cut.
He is one of the young guns on the Tour. One of the players with plenty of game, and flair, too. Fowler looked like a guy who was going to be more flair than game. But he won in Asia last year but still searched for a win stateside. He finally got it the first week of May, carding a 69 to get into the playoff.
No cakewalk in that playoff, either. McIlroy is another one of the "guns," all be it European and Points a journeyman all gunning for more victories. Fowler's approach shot on the first hole showed just how clutch he is and could be.
Fowler is young and will win again on Tour. It's just a matter of time. Him winning is important to the growth of the game and keeping the future "young guns" interested in the sport.