JUNIOR MITCHELL MEISSNER attacks his bunker play during practice at Wildcat Golf Club, the Rice golf team’s home course. The links-style course offers something rare for Houston-area players: elevation changes. Justin Emil is in his sixth season as head golf coach. His team competed in four tournaments during fall play, and Emil is looking forward to the spring. “With strong finishes, our schedule will position us for the postseason, but our main focus is our day-to-day process both in the classroom and on the course,” he said. In other words, golf, like life, is full of unexpected obstacles and impediments. Mastering the sand wedge is a skill that pays dividends.