September 11, 2009

2009-10 York College Golf Preview

YORK, Pa. - The 2009-2010 York College golf squad enters the season differently than any other in school history. The Spartans are the defending Capital Athletic Conference champions after winning the tournament title in commanding fashion last April. Not only did the Spartans’ earn their first conference crown but head coach Jeff Gamber was named the league’s Coach-of-the-Year and Adam Dupler was tabbed as the conference’s Rookie-of-the-Year and the Player-of-the-Year in a feat that is rarely accomplished.

Gamber begins this season with three key returners in Dupler, sophomore Andrew Schmehl, and senior Cody Trabert. He will be in search of a pair of players among the remaining seven on the squad to step up and fill the final two spots in the starting lineup.

“I think we have a very strong top of the lineup,” says Gamber. “However, we need a few guys to step up, fill the lower end of the line up, and perform well.”

Dupler had a stellar first year in the Green and White. He finished the year with a 79.1 stroke average. The left-hander won the CAC Tournament while he finished second at the Lebanon Valley Fall Invitational in mid-September. Dupler finished in the 70’s in nine of his 16 rounds for the year including a low round of 71 at the LVC Invite.

“Adam played well at the start of the season and then ended the season strong,” says Gamber. “He will continue to get better as his career progresses.”

Schmehl, a second team All-CAC performer in 2008-09, actually led the Spartans in stroke average last year at 78.9. Schmehl earned five top 10 finishes last year including a tie for second at the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational in late April. Schmehl posted scores in the 70’s in eight of his 15 rounds. He was very consistent all season, as he never shot above 83 all year.

“Andrew was very consistent all year for us,” states Gamber. “He has proven he is one of the top players in our conference and I expect that to continue.”

Trabert returns for his senior year as a very steady three-year starter for the Green and White. Trabert was the third Spartan to record a season average in the 70’s as he completed the year with a 79.5 stroke average. He was a second-team All-CAC finisher last year as he placed ninth with a two-day total of 159. Trabert recorded eight rounds in the 70’s while he had four top 10 finishes for York.

“Cody is a very steady player,” says Gamber. “He played well for us last year and gives us a good presence in our lineup.”

Gamber has seven players competing for the final two spots in the lineup. Sophomore Travis Bartgis, sophomore Wes Dixon, junior Tom Castello, and sophomore Gage Weaver return to the Spartan squad while three newcomers, sophomore Adam Burkhart, senior Patrick Matthias, and junior Seth Shober, join the Green and White.

Bartgis finished the season completing in four events as he posted a stroke average of 82.5 including a seventh place finish at the York College Invitational in March. Dixon competed in three events last year as he recorded an average of 85.3. Castello and Weaver each played in a pair of events. Castello had an average of 87.5 while Weaver recorded an average of 89.5.

“I am looking for a few of those other players to step up and compete for those final spots in the lineup. If we can get that, we will have the ability to compete for another conference championship,” says Gamber.

Last year, the Spartans finished the season with a record of 129-36 including five tournament championships. 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.

“We had a great year last year but we need to focus on this year. We have a good group of players and I expect us to continue to have a strong program,” states Gamber.

The Spartans open their season on September 14 when they travel to the PSU-Harrisburg Fall Invitational. The Green and White have six fall tournaments before turning to the spring season that will kick off in mid-March.

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