February 2, 2011
POST GOLF EYES SIXTH CONSECUTIVE CACC TITLE
Courtesy of Joe Coss, Post SID
WATERBURY, Conn. - Post University’s golf team is in
the midst of a historic run in the Central Atlantic Collegiate
Conference (CACC), having won five consecutive conference
titles. The Eagles have not showed any signs of slowing down
heading into the 2011 spring season.
“In order for us to win our sixth consecutive conference
championship we will need to hit our target score of 295 or better
both days,” said Pete Stevens, Eagles Head Coach. “If
David McGregor and Oliver Hudak can shoot par or better both days
and the rest of the team shoot around 75 or better we will win.
This year’s team is stronger than last year's and we are the
team to beat.”
Post University is still anchored by senior David McGregor, a
three time CACC Golfer of the Year. He has been the medalist
in every conference championship tournament he has competed in.
McGregor came only two strokes from winning the CenturyLink
Invitational hosted by Barton when he shot three under par this
fall against nationally ranked opponents.
In the fall season, the Eagles played against stiff
competition earning a national ranking of 54th. At one point the
team was ranked as high as 52nd.
McGregor is the only senior on the team and his biggest
challenge may come from within. The combination of Oliver Hudak and
Ross Earnshaw are ranked 18th nationally among freshmen in NCAA
Division II with an average round score of 75.62. Post University
is the only school located in the northeast to have freshmen ranked
among the top 25.
“The ‘young guns’ have brought a certain
edge to the program that was missing in years past,” added
Stevens. “They are good competitors and are serious about
taking their game to the next level. The fall season was an eye
opener for some because they had the opportunity to see first hand
just how competitive this program is on the national
Hudak had a stellar fall season including shooting three under
par at the Nova Southeast Shark Invitational that was held in West
Palm Beach, FL in October. He placed 12th overall only five strokes
out of the top spot and had the lowest average score among his
teammates in the fall.
Earnshaw has shown promise as well after an eighth place effort in
the Northeast Intercollegiate Tournament in September and a 21st
place finish at the CenturyLink Invitational.
Sophomore Thomas Rees, who has one season under his belt and
finished eighth last season in the conference tournament, is also
back. In the fall Rees shot an average of 75.41, with his low round
coming in the season opening Rutgers Invitational.
The Eagles have four solid competitors in McGregor, Hudak,
Earnshaw and Rees however, the team has not yet solidified the
roster with a fifth man. Newcomer Cody Ek shot an average of 78 in
three rounds. Ek was a medalist three times during his senior year
of high school and is a tournament hardened golfer.
“Cody Ek is not too far behind (Hudak and Earnshaw) and
I am looking forward to him to contributing in the spring
season,” commented Stevens.
Marchant di Villier could also be a threat for the fifth spot
on the team’s roster after playing 12 rounds with an 80.9
stroke average and is the most seasoned golfer among those
competing for a spot on the roster. His low round of the fall was a
76 at the CenturyLink Invite.
“Hopefully, the experience gained in the fall will
instill the necessary confidence required to be a champion,”
said Stevens. “If they go into the spring with the swagger of
a champion we will see some very good results and perhaps a chance
to compete for a national championship.”
Post University will begin the spring season with a trip to
New London, NC for the Pfeiffer John Palmer Invitational February