The York College golf team enters the 2011-12 season stocked with a returning nucleus of experienced and successful veterans while they have also brought in a solid freshman class to round out the squad.
Spartan head coach Jeff Gamber welcomes back his starting five from last year's Capital Athletic Conference runners-up. The Spartans went 102-40-6 during the campaign including two tournament championships and four runner-ups finishes among its 13 tournaments throughout the year. The Green and White captured the York College Invitational and the Ursinus Spring Invitational in 2010-11.
Dupler is a four-year starter and a three-time All-Capital Athletic Conference performer. He has played in 45 career rounds and owns an average of 79.9. He was the 2009 CAC Player and Rookie of the Year and has been a steady performer for York since he stepped on campus.
You can't talk about Dupler without Schmehl as the senior right-hander is also a three-time All-CAC pick in addition to being the 2010 CAC Player of the Year. Schmehl has played 42 career rounds and owns a 78.5 stroke average for his career.
"They are two of the better players we have had in the program," says Gamber. "Having them both gives you a great chance each time out to post good scores."
Burkhart is a three-year starter as he joined the program for his sophomore year. He has played in 25 career rounds, sporting an average of 81.8 for York. He was a second-team All-CAC selection in 2010.
Joining the three seniors in the starting lineup is sophomore Kevin Long who made an immediate impact on the Spartan lineup as a freshman. In his 12 rounds as a freshman, Long registered a 79.0 stroke average. He captured the championship at the Ursinus College Invitational and finished in the 70's in seven of his 12 rounds for the year. He earned second team All-CAC accolades as he placed tenth in last year's abbreviated conference tournament.
"Kevin is a good player that has worked hard to improve," says Gamber. "He will play a key role for us this year."
Sophomore Travis Oot came on for the Spartans late in the year and finished with a stroke average of 81.1 in nine rounds. He earned second-team All-CAC accolades as he finished tied for sixth with an 84.
Sophomore Jackson Terman is York's other returning player and he will have a chance to play for a spot in the Spartan rotation. Terman averaged 84.4 strokes per round in five events during his freshman year.
"I feel very good about our starting group but they will be pushed by some of the younger members of the team," says Gamber.
"The newcomers are really going to have to work to get themselves in the starting lineup but the beauty of golf is the scores don't lie. If they prove themselves to be among our top five, they will get a chance to compete for us," states Gamber.
The Spartans open their season on September 20 when they travel to the Messiah Falcon Invitational. York has seven fall events scheduled and the season will end on October 6 before resuming in mid-March.