Men’s golf prepared to defend title

By Melissa Mariani
February 19, 2009

The Cabrini men’s golf team is starting off on the right path for their spring season. The team just finished up a very successful fall season; they hold the title for third in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The new spring season will be approaching in March and the team has a lot of expectations.

Co-captains Tim Harner and Chris Lawler are very enthusiastic about the new season.

“I have very high hopes for this spring season. We are ranked third in the Mid-Atlantic region and we’re also the reigning division champions. I believe we have a great shot at winning the division again and making it back to the National Championships,” Tim Harner, junior secondary education major, said.

With those enormous accomplishments, it may be hard to fill those shoes again, but the team is more confident than ever.

“This spring is going to be different; we actually have some expectations this year. The previous year it was, lets just go out and whatever happens, happens. We had never won before so if we didn’t, it wouldn’t be anything new. After winning the conference last year, we know what we need to do to win it again,” Chris Lawler, junior accounting major, said.

Why has this team had such success in the previous season? The team traveled to the Pinehurst resort in North Carolina where they got their skills and strategies sharpened for a competitive season.

“I think our trip to Pinehurst definitely made the team come together. There we improved not only on our individual skills, but as a whole,” Ryan Muller, junior business administration major, said.

Muller was ranked top five in the Cabrini men’s golf team this past year.

This past year the Cavaliers won the 2008 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference title, and then advanced to the NCAA tournament. The men finished in the top spots at the 20-team Moravian Invitational, as well as the 23-team Lebanon Valley Invitational.

The men also claimed a double match win against Penn State Berks, 318-360 and Immaculata University, 320-358.

“We have a very solid team this year, which is a big part of our success,” Muller said.

Head Coach Dr. Tony Verde led the men to the 2008 conference crown.

“Say you have an off game; our coach Tony, encourages us to get back no matter what. He is more like our life coach,” Muller said.

The team plans to travel to the Pinehurst resort in North Carolina in March to tighten their game to compete for the upcoming season. Their official matches will start March 30 against Swarthmore College at Rolling Green Country Club, following a meet the very next day against Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley.

“The team is very excited and ready to start the season. Our goal is to win the division again and get back to Nationals,” Harner said.

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