It\u2019s crazy what just a few years can do.\r\n\r\nThree years ago, WVU was just another start-up program, trying to make their mark in the dense, competitive world of NCAA golf. Now, the Mountaineers are wrapping up a season highlighted by a trio of team victories, and look to finish with an impact at the 22nd Big 12 Men\u2019s Golf championships.\r\n\r\nThe 72-hole tournament will tee-off April 23, from Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., and run through April 25.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re looking forward to the tournament. It\u2019s a major championship in college golf,\u201d WVU coach Sean Covich said. \u201cWe\u2019re just excited to get down to Southern Hills.\u201d\r\nThe team will enter the tournament with momentum on their side, as they are coming off a runner-up finish at the Penn State Rutherford Intercollegiate.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re starting to play well, and it\u2019s been a year of improvement. Everyone on the team has gotten better, and that\u2019s what it\u2019s all about,\u201d Covich said.\r\n\r\nHe hopes his team can carry that momentum forward as they look to take on one of the upper echelon college championships.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s just a great opportunity,\u201d he said. \u201cThat\u2019s what you come to West Virginia for, to play in the Big 12 Championship. And I think we have confidence going based on our play this year.\u201d\r\nJunior Max Sear, who comes off an individual runner-up finish at Penn State, will lead the Mountaineers into the tournament. Sear looks to pace his team, and is focusing on his game around the green as the key to success on the weekend.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve been focusing on putting all year,\u201d Sear said. \u201cThe rounds I post good scores are the rounds I\u2019m putting well, and the rounds I don\u2019t do well I struggle on the greens. The greens should be pretty fast, so I\u2019m focusing on that.\u201d\r\nCovich expects one of the major challenges to be figuring out the course once they are on location in Oklahoma. According to him, knowing the course intricately can have quite the impact on one\u2019s play.\r\n\r\n\u201cThat\u2019s huge in golf, just knowing the layout of the course. We\u2019re kind of behind the eight ball. In our practice round, we just have to pay attention to the course,\u201d Covich said.\r\n\r\nSear and his teammates look forward to attacking the opportunity in front of them with gusto, and are eager for the atmosphere of a championship event.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s kind of just an exciting environment,\u201d Sear said. \u201cJust being able to warm up next to these guys who had tremendous college career is a great opportunity. It\u2019s just a different kind of environment; everyone takes things a little more seriously.\u201d\r\nOf course, there is one thing bout the tournament the squad isn\u2019t worried about taking too seriously; their uniform selection.\r\n\r\n\u201cKeenan, my five year old, when we come home from tournaments he always asks what we wore, and he\u2019s always giving suggestions,\u201d Covich said. \u201cI told him, if you\u2019re good in school, and you listen to your mom, than you can pick out one of our uniforms. He actually picked out a good uniform.\u201d\r\nRegardless of uniform choice, the Mountaineers are ready to show their continued growth as a program on one of the highest levels in NCAA golf.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s just another year to try and get better,\u201d Covich said.