HAMPSTEAD, MD – The York College golf squad shot a blistering 303 to win the 2009 Capital Athletic Conference championships at Piney Brach Golf Club in Hampstead, MD on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans shot a two-day total of 614 to easily outdistance defending champion and 2008 NCAA Division III national qualifier Wesley by 16 strokes. Marymount finished third and host Stevenson placed fourth in the tournament.
Spartan freshman Adam Dupler (York Haven, Pa./Red Land) had a memorable tournament as finished with a two-day total of 149 as he fired a 74 on Sunday to post a four-stroke win. Dupler earned the CAC Player-of-the-Year and the Rookie-of-the-Year for his efforts. He is the second player in York College history to earn both awards in the same year. Dupler was one of four Spartans to earn All-CAC honors.
In addition to Dupler’s Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year award, Spartan head coach Jeff Gamber was named the league’s Coach of the Year as the Spartans swept the conference awards.
Senior Shane Bernard (Churchville, Md./C. Milton Wright) shot the round of the day on Sunday as he carded a one-over-par 72 to finish with a two-day total of 155, good for fifth place. Bernard, who entered Sunday tied for 15th, moved past ten players to earn the final spot on the All-CAC first team. Bernard was the only returning Spartan to earn All-CAC accolades in 2008, as he was a second team honoree.
Freshman Andrew Schmehl (Vincentown, N.J./Seneca) had a very consistent tournament as the first-year Spartan shot 78 on Sunday after a 79 on Saturday. Schmehl finished tied for sixth as he recorded a spot on the All-CAC second team. He was joined on the second team by junior Cody Trabert (York, Pa./Central York) as Trabert tied for ninth after he shot 79 on Sunday. Trabert carded a two-day total of 159.
Senior Jimmy DeCastro (Mantoloking, N.J./Governor Livingston) was the final member of the Spartan starting line up as he shot an 86 on Sunday after carding a 77 on Saturday. DeCastro’s two-day total of 163 left him tied for 12th.
The CAC Championship is the first for the Spartans in the second year of the conference tournament. The Spartans finished the season with a record of 129-36 including five tournament championships for the year. The Spartans won two fall tournaments, capturing the PSU-Harrisburg title on September 8 and the Gettysburg Fall Classic on October 8. York then won two spring tournaments leading up to the CAC Championships as they won the Elizabethtown Spring Invitational on April 9 and the Glenmaura Collegiate Invitational on April 19.
PHOTO: 2009 CAC Golf Champions (L to R: Head Coach Jeff Gamber, Shane Bernard, Cody Trabert, Andrew Schmehl, Adam Dupler, and Jimmy DeCastro)
(Photo courtesy of Jason Eichelberger, Stevenson Sports Information Director)