Strong rounds for golf team

Credit: Braden Kelner/Forum Editor Credit: Braden Kelner/Forum Editor

The men’s golf team recently played in two tournaments: the Hershey Cup in Hershey, Pa., and the Edward Jones Shootout — hosted by Carnegie Mellon University — in Apollo, Pa. The team placed third at the Hershey Cup and fourth at the Edward Jones Shootout.

Discussing the team’s third-place showing out of 15 teams in the Hershey Cup, junior Ian Bangor said, “I thought we played well. The first day was tough conditions; it wasn’t easy.”

Bangor said, “While I didn’t play well, we had a good freshman, Ben DuCarme, play well with a 76.” He added, “We played pretty well as a team the second day, and shot 299, with a couple shots away from beating Rochester.”

At the Edward Jones Shootout, the team ended up with a 618 in 36 holes, trailing Point Park University, Allegheny College, and St. Vincent College. Bangor and DuCarme led the team at the Shootout with scores of 151 and 153, respectively. Bangor placed fourth overall, and DuCarme came in ninth.

The team has overall performed well this season, with a home win at the Carnegie Mellon Fall Invitational and a tie for second place at the UAA Championships.

However, according to sophomore standout Justin Fischler, one disadvantage that the squad has compared to other teams is the weather in Pittsburgh. “A school like Emory is able to practice all year ’round, while in Pittsburgh we can’t,” he explained.

“I think we all kind of need to get our games back in form,” Fischler said. “It’s tough after not playing outside for a while.”

As for the rest of the school year, first-year Mason Struthers said, “Basically we’re going to try and play and practice as much as we can — and the sun’s out, so we’re going to get back out there and play.”

Despite the drawbacks, team has worked to stay in shape during the winter. “We’ve been going to the gym and working out,” Struthers said.

The team has a great deal of young talent. Bangor noted that first-years have been an important part of the team. Moreover, the team is not losing any graduating seniors this year, and can retain its talent for a strong season next year, especially with four incoming recruits joining the program.

“Our goal for the season is to get a bid to the Division-III Championships,” Bangor said, “[but] the way the season works, we’re not an automatically qualifying conference.”

Fischler has similar goals for the team. “Hopefully we can get three wins in the next couple tournaments,” he said. “And it’s a long shot, but I hope we make Nationals.”
The golf team will play next at the Bearcat Invitational in Latrobe, Pa., on Thursday.