Four Spartans Earn CAC Accolades; Rain Shortens CAC Tournament
HAMPSTEAD, MD – Stevenson University captured the team title at the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference golf championships after the second round was rained out on Saturday afternoon. The tournament was shortened to a one-day tournament due to heavy rains at Piney Branch Golf Club in Hampstead, Maryland on Saturday. The Mustangs were declared the conference champions on the strength of their performance Friday as they fired a team total of 323. The York College Spartans finished second in the tournament after they shot 336 on Friday. Wesley (350) was third, Hood (362) was fourth while Marymount did not record a team finish.
The title is Stevenson's first conference championship in golf in their four-year CAC membership and third institutional title in their time as a member of the league.
Junior Andrew Schmehl paced the Spartans, as he shot a ten-over-par 81, tying him for fourth overall. That earned Schmehl a first-team All-CAC award for the second straight year. Last year, Schmehl was a CAC Co-Player-of-the-Year while he was a second-team selection as a freshman.
Fellow junior Adam Dupler was three strokes back of Schmehl as the 2009 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year and Player-of-the-Year shot an 84 to tie him for sixth place. Dupler's sixth place finish is the second straight year the Spartan left-hander has recorded that finish, and he is now a three-time All-CAC honoree.
Freshman Travis Oot, playing in the tournament as an individual, finished tied with Dupler as he earned second-team honors with his 84 on Friday. Freshman Kevin Long was the Spartans' fourth All-CAC honoree as he shot an 85 to finish tied for 10th place. Tyler Skovron was the final Spartan scorer as he shot an 86 to finish 13th in the 24-player field.
Stevenson's Ben Lukehart earned the CAC Player-of-the-Year and Rookie-of-the-Year awards as he shot a two-over-par 73 to earn medalist honors. He edged Wesley's Robert Ehrhardt by three strokes for the championship. Stevenson coach Chris Ramer was named the league's Coach-of-the-Year while Hood's Andy Alger won the Andrew Geyer Memorial Award signifying "outstanding academic credentials, athletics, citizenship and community service."
The Spartans have three remaining tournaments in 2011. The kick off that three tournament stretch on Monday when they travel to the Bent Creek Invitational in Lancaster, PA. The shot gun start is set for 12:30 pm.
Photo: Andrew Schmehl earned his second straight All-CAC first-team finish on Friday.