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October 4, 2013

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Daley fondly reflected on the time spent watching his core group of seniors develop — in particular, Luckman, St. Louis and the injured Nick Provencher. When the group started as freshmen, Barker was stuck in neutral as a team, frequently finishing in the middle of the pack in Niagara-Orleans League play. 
Then in the 2011 season, after a 3-5 start, the Raiders won their last six matches of the regular season and the league championship. Barker hasn't lost a match since.
Daley gives credits to his players for their dedication to improving their games throughout the spring and summer, despite the time demands of other sports such as baseball. The coach possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the game's fundamentals — that he strives to instill in his team during fall practice — but knows that a golfer's entire swing and technique cannot change dramatically during such an abbreviated fall season.
"I think we've seen success because our guys have been able to listen, take the little bits of advice I give them and use it to their advantage," Daley said. "It's tough in such a short season to really try and change someone's swing, so it goes back to putting in the time and effort in the summer."
St. Louis in particular credits Daley for helping improve his grip, recalling a time in a recent practice where he made a small grip alteration and suddenly was able to hit a 7-iron 180 yards uphill, a quick improvement from his previous distance capability. 
St. Louis put the lessons to good use, shooting an 83 yesterday that was good for third place as an individual. Wilson's 79 gave him medalist honors, and Luckman finished in eighth place after a 90. Barker's Spencer Zimmerman tied for 10th with a 93, as the Raiders' consistency paid off in the victory.

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