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Golf team looks to defend title in 2012

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The Cabrini men’s golf team grew as a whole throughout the past season.  In 2011, the team won the CSAC championship after placing better than six other teams in their conference.

The team had a brief run in the NCAA Divison III golf championship last season thanks to two veterans in Mike Ryan and Chris Sarvadi, senior captain, as well as two great additions in sophomores Rob Bass and Pat Rooney.

“The team experience has been great and I really had fun with the team,” Sarvadi said. “I want to go out as a senior as a great leader and leave with some lifetime friends. That is what life is all about in reality, so if I leave here with anything, it is friends and memories.”

Mid-season addition Greg Verde helped the team to another CSAC win and a trip to nationals. This year, without Ryan, Savardi, Bass and Rooney will need to step it up a notch along with the new additions to the team.

Senior Chris Sarvadi and the Cabrini men’s golf team will try to defend their CSAC title in 2012. -- Cabrini College Athletics Department / Submitted photo

“We were voted favorites to win the CSAC and I see that as a target on our backs,” Sarvardi said. “We have a young team but we are very talented and I can see this team winning a few events this year and hopefully the CSAC.”

Bass led the team with a 76 average, while Savardi averaged a 78. Their team started the spring season with the Spring Break Quad on Thursday, March 8, with Brian Moose as their head coach. Moose was appointed head coach in 2011.

Sarvardi said that his favorite memory was “making it to the national championship twice and shooting 73 in both opening rounds.” He said he has been “lucky” to have great teammates during his years playing for Cabrini.

The sophomore members of the team are also looking to add to their success. They have their sights set on another run at the CSAC title.

“Basically, our No. 1 goal for this season is to pick up where we left off last year and win the CSAC again,” Rooney said. “Last year we had an extremely experienced team and we were able to dominate the CSAC.”

Rooney credited several of the freshmen joining the team this season as players that could make an impact on the team.

“We have some young guns that will be staples for this program for the next few years,” Rooney said. “Teddy Nebiolo, Joe McCarthy and Tommy Breslin are all promising freshman who we expect big things out of this year and the years to come.”

With Sarvardi being the only senior on the team, Moose wants to give him a good sendoff.

“As far as our goals for the season, we are dedicated to winning the CSAC conference and making it to nationals,” Moose said. “It would be a great way to send off [senior Chris] Sarvadi.”

Moose also has other goals for his team. In trying to build his players into better golfers, he is committed to making them learn how to manage the game.

“One other goal I have for the team and each individual is for them to be able to walk away from each match as a better golfer,” Moose said. “That does not mean a better ball striker or putter but being able to manage their golf game as a whole better and make decisions better on the golf course.”

With a small roster, Cabrini needs several golfers to make those good decisions, especially if they are to compete for another CSAC title.

“I think everyone needs to step up,” Moose said. “We are a thin group and don’t have many bodies to rely on this spring, so we need four people to play solid every match. If we get that, we could have a really great year.”

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