PSC Golf Wins Region XX, Bound for Nationals
The Potomac State College golf team captured their fourth consecutive Region XX Championship and will be heading to the NJCAA DII National Tournament in Scottsboro, Alabama. The team will be making their sixth overall appearance as a team and keeps their streak of 15 straight years with a representative alive.
The Rocky Gap Resort Course took its toll on the PSC golfers. For the tournament, only three rounds of golf were recorded in the 70’s, 2 on day one and 1 on day two. Fueling the Catamount attack was Freshman Chris Bushey who took home medalist honors with a solid 154 over the two days. His 75 led the event on day one by one over Kyle Carranza of College of Southern Maryland (CSM). Kyle, the runner-up last year at the region event, once again came up just a few shots short and took home second place. After the first day of 75, Bushey fired a 79 off of a strong backside and clinched the victory.
The rest of the field struggled to get anything going, as the Gap was playing very tough. “When you have a course that is playing more than 7000 yards and the rough is around 5 to 6 inches, it makes for a tough golf course. From the back tees, the course is always a challenge but today we had almost ideal conditions, and still scoring was up,” said Catamount Head Golf Coach Aaron Edwards.
After day one, the Catamounts led 328 to 337 over CSM, and closed out the victory with balanced scoring on day two. Dereck Gimpel fired an 82, Jordan Schneider an 84, and Kyle Hudgins an 84 to finish the tournament 32 strokes ahead of CSM. Overall, each of the PSC players finished in the top 11, and the team effort is what led to the victory. Jordan Schneider placed third in the event and also grabbed First Team All Region XX honors. Dereck Gimpel took home Second Team All Region XX honors as well.
The nationally ranked PSC golf team will now travel to Scottsboro Alabama for the National Tournament that is held May 17-20. The Catamounts are coming off of 12th, 10th, and 16th place finishes at nationals in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively. The team looks to improve on these finishes and has their eyes set on a top 5 finish. “We have qualified and that is all that matters today,” said Edwards. “A lot of good teams will not get this chance, so we are looking to make the most of it. We will try to get ourselves into contention on the first two days, after that, we will see what happens. You can easily lose the event on the first or second day, but it is impossible to win it.”
Joining the Catamounts will be five individual qualifiers: from the College of Southern Maryland will be Kyle Carranza, Tyler Logan, and Walt Wiseman; from Hagerstown Community College will be Zach Weber; and qualifying for Frederick Community College is Jason Long.