We closed the fall season with our third top ten finish, as we placed T6th in a very competitive field of 12 teams at our own Georgetown Intercollegiate.
Frost arrived early and reduced the event from 54 holes to 36 holes, yet we were very pleased to play back-to-back solid rounds of golf (297-292) which helped us gain a tie with 40th-ranked Penn State. Only five strokes separated teams placed in the 3rd through 7th position in this evenly matched field. University of Toledo took top honors with two very impressive rounds of golf 284-285; they are a very dangerous mid-major who will certainly make it to the NCAA’s. Freshman Cole Berman took medalist honors for his second win of the fall and his young career. Cole shot 71-69 (-2) to gain a spot in a sudden death playoff which he won on the first hole. Cole’s other win was our opening event at The U.S. Naval Academy Invitational back in September.
Prior to the Georgetown Intercollegiate, we placed 5th at The Temple Invitational with rounds of 291-306. A bit of inconsistency hurt us the final day, but the experience playing in the final group on the final day was an important one for our young group. Winning golf tournaments is a “process” and just being in that spot will certainly help us down the road. Berman (71-76 T8th) and fellow freshmen teammate, Sam Madsen (74-75 19th) led the Hoyas in scoring.
The Firestone Invitational was our third event of the fall and one in which we really could just not get anything going. Our 16th place finish was disappointing, yet in a way, really helped turn things around. We came back to campus and realized we needed to work harder. Sometimes that “burst to the bubble” can be helpful at times.
The unfortunate news of the fall season has to be the agonizing injury to our senior co-captain, Greg Podufal. After helping us get out of the gate with a 3rd place finish at Navy, Greg injured his left wrist and was forced to miss the remaining four events. Certainly a big loss, as Greg has been our MVP for the past few years and just a picture of consistency on the golf course. Good news is his wrist is healing, no permanent damage, and he should be 100% as we begin the spring season.
Our off-season will consist of three days of weight & conditioning with our strength coaches. We will make use of our hitting area in the Yates Field House to maintain swing rhythm and also spend time chipping and putting to make sure the short game remains intact. Hopefully our winter will be a short one and allow us to be outdoors in mid-February.
Many thanks for all your support. We wish all of you a very Happy Holiday Season and we will be sure to keep you up to date as we begin our spring season!!