Back in the swing of things.

By Abigail Keefe
March 30, 2006

Brian Coary

Spring has arrived and with it the Cabrini golf team has already kicked off a phenomenal season. This year’s team promises to put forth a tremendous effort, and hopefully, the results will make it all worthwhile. With an impressive season, opening first place finish and a second place finish at their most recent match, the golf team looks to be already on their way to an impressive season.

The team started off the season with a win against Holy Family, finishing three strokes ahead of their opponents. Most recently, the team finished second out of six teams in their match at Swarthmore, finishing a mere 15 strokes behind first place team Swarthmore. Both of these matches bode well for the rest of the season, in which the team hopes to beat out longtime Pennsylvania Athletic Conference rivals, Wesley College.

Last year, the team came in second in the PAC championships, and with new freshmen Tim Harner and Mike Dunphy, as well as staple juniors Brian Prospero and Matt Paris, the team looks to be perfectly placed to possibly clench the PAC Championship.

Harner marked his debut with the team by leading them to their first victory this season against Holy Family, while fellow freshman Dunphy has been hot on his heels, finishing close behind in both matches. Meanwhile, Prospero, who finished eighth overall in the PAC Championship last year earning him all-conference honors, has continued his impressive career this season with a fourth place finish in the match against Swarthmore out of a field of 30 golfers.

Head coach Tony Verde seems confident that this year’s team will do well. Verde said, “This year’s team is approximately 10 to 15 shots better than last year’s team.” Verde also set an impressive overall goal for this season’s team, which is “To average 13 shots better than last year’s team per 18-hole competition,” Verde said.

The junior captains, Brian Prospero and Matt Paris, also appear confident that this year’s team will have a banner season and an impressive showing at the PAC Championships. Prospero and Paris are the only returning players, and they take their roles as captains seriously. “We do our best to bring a sense of leadership to the team,” Paris said.

Both captains are also trying their best to lead the team to live up to the expectations of Verde. “Coach Verde is expecting big things from us this year and the team as a whole will be disappointed with anything less,” Paris said.

The team will be focusing this season on their three main invitational events, the Lebanon Valley Invitational, the Widener Invitational and the Wesley Invitational. Then, of course, they always have their sights on a first place finish at the PAC Championship. Hopefully, this year’s team will bring Cabrini a PAC Championship and a notable place in the local collegiate golf world.

Posted to the web by Brian Coary

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Abigail Keefe

Abigail Keefe is a Cabrini College student studying communications, enjoying her time in Radnor, Pennsylvania. Abbie loves working for the school newspaper, the Loquitur, and is also passionate about everything that the communication field has to offer.

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