Presidents’ Golf Looking For Spring PAC Sweep
WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington & Jefferson College men’s and women’s golf teams enter the spring season looking poised to sweep the Presidents’ Athletic Conference titles for the sixth time in school history.
The Presidents are led by fourth-year Head Coach Sean Dove, who has led W&J to four PAC titles, two by each team.
The defending champion W&J men lead the first half of the PAC Championship by five strokes over Saint Vincent after posting team scores of 305 and 295 for a total of 600 at Oak Tree Country Club (Sep. 26-27), while the Presidents’ women sit in second with a total of 760 strokes (383-377), just two behind Westminster. The 2011-12 PAC Men’s Championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships are determined by a 72-hole format at Oak Tree: 36 at the 2011 PAC Fall Invitational and 36 at the 2012 PAC Championship. The women’s team champion does not earn an automatic bid to the national championship.
The men’s squad, which has won five of the last six PAC titles, is led by sophomores Colin Izzo (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Brian Omslaer (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park). Izzo shot a 73-77 for a two-day total of 150, as did Omslaer (75-75-150) at the 2011 PAC Fall Championship, tying them for fourth. Izzo led the team with a 75.6 stroke average in 11 autumn rounds, while Omslaer was second with and average of 78.3 strokes in eight rounds. Izzo earned First Team All-PAC laurels last spring after taking fourth at the league championship, while Omslaer took 15th place. Omslaer fired a career-best one-under par 71 during the second round of last year’s NCAA Division III Championship at the Grandover Resort in North Carolina.
Senior Pete Petrides (Steubenville, Ohio/Steubenville) along with freshmen Matt Long (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Notre Dame) and Ryan Mazza (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) will also be counted on to produce after strong showings during the fall.
The W&J women’s squad saw their string of five consecutive conference championships come to an end last season, as they finished second to Grove City.
The duo of sophomore Catherine Robinson (Troy, Ill./Triad) and freshman Jennifer Suder (Cranberry Township, Pa./Seneca Valley) finished the PAC Fall Championship tied for second place. After opening with 99 strokes on day one, Robinson fired the low round of the day during round two with 81 strokes for a total of 180, while Suder completed rounds of 89 and 91. Robinson and Suder posted the top two stroke averages on the team during the fall at 92 and 94, respectively.
Sophomore Katelyn Vannoy (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) finished the PAC Fall Championship in 12th place with 198 shots (96-102), while senior Tara Fatula (DuBois, Pa./DuBois) tied for 13th place with 202 strokes (99-103).
After competing in Myrtle Beach, S.C. during spring break, the W&J men open the spring portion of their schedule at the McDaniel Invitational on Mar. 31-Apr. 1. The Presidents’ women’s squad begins the 2012 season at the California (Pa.) Vulcan Invitational on Apr. 1-2.