Trainor honored to play in America

By Gianna Shikitino
April 23, 2009

The Cabrini men’s golf team is swinging into action, currently ranked third in the mid Atlantic region.

Four main starters on the team include Mike Ryan, Chris Lawler, Tim Harner and Conor Trainor, an exchange student from Ireland. Trainor is enjoying the transition from Ireland to America and is creating everlasting friendships with his fellow teammates.

“The great thing about the four main starters on our team is that we are all as equally as good as each other and we know that if we are all on our game then nobody will defeat us,” Trainor, senior human resources major, said.

“We play off each other’s strengths and help each other when we are playing. Although it is a team game, individually we try to compete with each other and that can only be healthy for our team in the long run,” Trainor said.

The team has been ranked favorite in the CSAC this season.

“With a little more tweaking, our team shouldn’t be far off in the CSAC,” Trainor said. “Let’s just hope we all keep at it and make it down to Miami for the national championship in May.”

Trainor started playing golf at age 11 with his uncles and cousins.

“Since then I have been a member of a golf course called Ardglass. It is a small seaside resort built on the Irish Sea coast line,” Trainor said. He described Ardglass to be the best scenery.

Trainor won a scholarship to a college in America for a year.

“I picked Cabrini due to its location, campus, the fact that we have a great golf team and the added incentive was Coach, Tony Verde,” Trainor said. Verde has welcomed Trainor with open arms. “Verde and the team have made me feel like I have been here for the past three years,” Trainor said.

Adapting to the style of golf in America can be difficult to adjust to coming from another country, but Trainor is progressing throughout the season.

“Personally I started last season quite slow, but I am starting to get the feel for American golf now and slowly but surely I am beginning to stamp my authority on the golf course. Just last week I won the MVP of the week.”

“So everything is looking great for the last few weeks of the season,” Trainor said.

Playing in America for Trainor is not only a privilege, but an honor.

“I love playing golf due to the relaxation feel I get from it, the exercise of walking for four straight hours, the amount of friends I have made worldwide from playing golf and the added incentive of getting to play on glorious golf courses,” Trainor said.

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