2013 W&J Golf Season Previews
Both the W&J men’s and women’s golf teams posted second-place showings in last year’s Presidents’ Athletic Conference tournaments and look to break through back to the top of the standings starting this fall.
On the men’s side, the Presidents’ runner-up finish snapped a pair of back-to-back PAC titles and NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. W&J has claimed six of the last eight league men’s championships.
Sixth-year Head Coach Sean Dove welcomes eight returners and two freshmen to the roster. Colin Izzo and Brian Omslaer lead the team in terms of playing experience as both enter their senior seasons. Izzo collected Second Team All-PAC laurels after he tied for seventh in the spring conference championship. As a sophomore, Izzo earned a spot on NCAA Division III PING All Mid-Atlantic Region team and he owns 57 rounds of competitive varsity experience.
Sophomores Tim Novic and Evan Lestini are coming off solid rookie campaigns and have the inside tracks on earning a spot in the starting lineup each week. Novic earned a spot on the all-conference second team following the PAC Championship, while Lestini was selected to the 2013 NCAA Division III PING All Mid-Atlantic Region team. Lestini led the Presidents in scoring average with 77.47 strokes in 19 competitive rounds.
Junior Matthew Stearns finished as the lone W&J representative on the All-PAC first team after solidifying a tie for fourth place in the conference championship. Stearns will compete for a spot on the five-man starting squad with fellow juniors Ryan Mazza and Matthew Wieszczyk.
On the women’s side, W&J finished the conference championship in the runner-up spot for the third consecutive year, but returns four members of last year’s squad. The Presidents will be in search of their eighth PAC title.
Dove sports a five-woman roster that varies in class level. As a three-year player, senior Katelyn Vannoy hopes to provide the team a veteran perspective. W&J’s lone junior is Jennifer Suder, who comes off a sophomore campaign in which she collected two PAC Golfer of the Week awards as well as a first team all-conference selection. During the winter, the multi-talented Suder excels for the swimming & diving program and was selected as the 2013 PAC Diver of the Year.
Back for their sophomore seasons are Kylie McKenna and Amanda Halula. McKenna will look to improve upon her first collegiate season, while Halula earned a tie for fourth place in the PAC Championship and a first team all-conference honor. She is expected to compete for a conference title in each of her final three collegiate seasons. Rounding out the roster is freshman Maeve Palmieri.
W&J will play more than half of its regular-season men’s schedule during the fall season starting at St. John Fisher’s two-day event at Stafford Country Club (Sept. 7-8). The women’s squad plays the first of its five fall tournaments at Mercyhurst (Downing Golf Club) the following weekend.