Ironman Kaiser at 67 straight starts

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoSince 2004, the Wisconsin men’s golf team has competed in 67 tournaments. So has Jeff Kaiser.The junior from Onalaska has teed off in every event since joining the team as a freshman, a testament to the type of player he is.”It speaks a ton to his effort,” UW head coach Jim Schuman said. “It’s just really a tribute to him, seeing him play in every round so far is great.”In his third season with the team, Kaiser got his first taste of victory earlier this year, when he shot the lowest overall score at the Mid Pines Intercollegiate. The team victory was the first for the Badgers, but certainly not the last. Kaiser and company went on to win the Wolverine Invitational in Ann Arbor the next weekend.But they’re still hungry for more.”We’re off to a pretty good start so far,” Kaiser said. “[We need to] keep playing solid, motivating each other to keep playing well. If we do that, we should be in it in every event we play.”Since he began golfing at the age of six, Kaiser has enjoyed all aspects of the game, everything from the competitiveness to being able to relax and enjoy playing, as contradictory as that may seem.He established his winning ways in high school, when he won the 2003 FCTW Regional at Michigan State as well as the WPGA Junior Series Championship at Beaver Dam Country Club.While Kaiser has already seen success on the golf course, coach Schuman feels there is always room for improvement.”I think it’s the short game,” Schuman said on what Kaiser needs to work at. “I think that’s the case for everybody. For us to really contend, we’re gonna have to do a better job in the short game.”His coach is also quick to point out that Kaiser’s effort and attitude have helped him mature as a player.”He is the kind of guy you can count on for 100 percent effort,” Schuman said. “He’s one of those guys who is ready to face any challenge. He’s just matured unbelievably well in these past three years.”When asked to what Kaiser attributed his success to, Kaiser came up with a simple formula.”Hard work, having a good attitude and staying positive always,” he said, “[as well as] the great instruction I’ve received from coaches over the years. I’ve just been continuing to do the same things I have been doing, practicing hard.””I think he’s finding out what it’s going to take for him to shoot lower scores,” Schuman added. “I think we’ve seen over the last two years he’s been more specific in his practice.”Next year, Kaiser will be the lone senior on the team, which means he will take on the role of team leader.Coach Schuman feels he’s ready for the task.”He’s obviously a leader on our team, in the classroom, on the golf course, on the practice tee, in the weight room … everywhere,” Schuman said. “His attitude I think is the biggest thing. He spends his time very wisely out there when we have practice.” Schuman also points out that Kaiser, who fits the mold of the strong and silent type, is pretty funny too.”He’s got a great sense of humor,” Schuman said. “He’s a really nice guy.”While he is not sure what he wants to do after his career at Wisconsin, one thing is certain: Kaiser hopes to keep winning golf tournaments for the Badgers.”[We need to] stay competitive in every tournament,” Kaiser said. “We have enough talent.”Whether or not he will continue to golf competitively after college, he will take with him the work ethic and attitude that will get him far. His accomplishments, both on and off the course, have been well deserved and hard earned.”His hard work is paying off,” Schuman said. “He’s done some great things.”last_img

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