Todd Sapp insisted the Labor Day Classic wasn’t anything like a day at the office.
"It was fun, and the work will start now," Sapp said. "We enjoyed it; it was a vacation for all of us."
Prior to competing in the Labor Day Classic for the second time, Sapp was recently named as the head coach of the men’s and women’s golf program at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.
One of the first adventures for the first-year head coach was bring three Mustangs to Worthington to compete in the Labor Day Classic.
"I ended up brining three of my players up here that are basically transfers," Sapp said. "So, we’re kind of getting to know each other and we’re spending three days of talking golf, and we had a good time."
Cam Jacobs, Brady Nurse and Dave Young all made the trip with Sapp.
"Cam was medalist, so that was great," Sapp said. "Brady almost made it to the finals and Dave Young is a great player and lost in a playoff to get in the thing. All in all, it was a good trip for our group."
Jacobs had the low score Saturday with a 70, and lost to Jamie Quesnel, who later defeated Sapp for the title.
Nurse qualified for the final eight, but lost to Julean Michels for the right to go to the final four.
As the coach, Sapp finished as runner-up for the second consecutive year.
"At least the coach beat them, so that’s good,"Sapp said. "It’s going to be nice when they can get first and I can just sit and watch, and we don’t have to go through all of this."
As one of the top amateur players in the area, Sapp has been involved with Whispering Creek Golf Course in Sioux City, the home course of the Mustangs, helping him become associated with the team.
"I’m involved with Whispering Creek golf club in Sioux City, and I designed it and built it," Sapp said. "I’ve always been around golf, and a friend of mine was the coach, and resigned.
"With him and I being friends, I always said, ‘I’d love to be in your position.’ When he resigned, he called me up and said that maybe I should give them a call, and I did."
From there, the rest was history. Sapp became the coach and will hope to lead Morningside to a successful season.
However, the first step in the road to greatness was Tuesday. Morningside shot a 321 as a team and finished tied for eighth at the Northwestern Invitational.
"The guys are tired, and hopefully they will be OK," Sapp said Monday before the meet. "I think we’re going to be very, very competitive."
But with a weekend to bond with a few of the players and excitement building around the program, the first-time coach is ready for the season ahead.
"I haven’t coached before, but I think I’m a pretty good motivator and a pretty good com-petitor," Sapp said. "We’ll see. Hopefully they like to play for me and we’ll see how the program goes."