YORK, PA – The York College men's golf team features a large cast of newcomers along with an established core of returners as the Spartans look to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference and the Mid-Atlantic region.
Head coach David Boslough enters his first full season at the helm after taking the reins of the program last October.
Boslough welcomes back starters Tyler Newton and Morgan Uhlick while the squad's lone senior, Michael Fedak, joins sophomores Zach Billings and Bobby Hoffman as the other three returning players for the Green and White.
Boslough's tireless recruiting efforts netted the Spartans six new members of the program. Matthew Chalupa, Luke Fayocavitz, Mitchell Hardin, Robert Cocorikis, Joel Marshall, and Tanner Leonard comprise Boslough's first recruiting class.
Newton and Uhlick headline the starting five as both bring experience and talent to the Spartan squad. Newton is the most experienced returning Spartan as he has played 39 rounds in his first two years in the Green and White. He owns the best career scoring average over his first two years at 76.64 strokes per round. Newton is a two-time All-CAC finisher in his first two York seasons.
"Newt has the potential to be one of the best, if not the best, players in our league," says Boslough. "He has a very well rounded game and has the ability to adapt to different conditions. I am looking for big things out of him this year."
Uhlick made a big splash as a freshman in 2016-17. Uhlick finished his freshman year with a 77.26 scoring average in 23 rounds. He had one below par round and earned five top-ten finishes during the campaign. He has refined his game and should be a contender for one of the All-CAC spots in the spring.
"Morgan had a very good year as a freshman," says Boslough. "But he has things he needed to work on and he has done that. He just needs to continue to work on managing the course and knowing when to take chance and when not to."
Billings and Fedak will compete for spots in the Spartan lineup after each averaging 82 last year. Billings really drives the ball well off the tee and his short game is solid. He need to reduce his strokes on the green to work his way into the lineup. Fedak is the Spartans' lone senior and provides good leadership for the Green and White both on and off the course.
"Zach continues to work on his short game and putting and I expect that to pay off for him. Michael is a steady player who has the ability to go low when things are clicking for him," says Boslough.
Hoffman averaged 87 last year in five rounds as he has continued to refine his game. Hoffman is looking to work his way into the Spartan lineup.
Boslough is thrilled with his recruiting class as he believes a number of the newcomers will make an impact on the lineup at one point or another during the campaign.
Fayocavitz comes to the Spartan program from Clarks Summitt, PA. He is one of the top newcomers and will look to make a big impact this season. He is one of the best putters on the team and owns a simple and compact swing. Chalupa, who hails from Landenberg, PA, is a big hitter who has great promise for York. He has a very high ceiling due to his length and ability to overpower the course. Chalupa continues to work on course management as he makes the jump to collegiate golf.
Hardin comes to the Spartan program from Aberdeen, Maryland. He is a player with a great short game that will serve him well during his freshman year. Cocorikis is the squad's lone left hander. He has a ton of talent and will have a chance to make an impact as a freshman. He is a gifted ball striker and is steady around the green. Marshall and Leonard are a pair of Spartans who will use their freshman year to continue to improve and refine their games in the adjustment to the collegiate game.
Boslough is excited to see what this team can accomplish in 2017-18.
"This is a young team but is also a talented team," says Boslough. "Our success will be determined by how our veterans play early and how quickly we can have some of the new guys step up and claim a spot in the lineup. I expect us to be much better in April than we are in September. It's going to be a fun year for this group."
The Spartans have a fall schedule that is comprised of five two-day events kicking off on Monday, September 11 when the Spartans compete at the Capital Athletic Conference Fall Preview Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport at Bay Creek Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia.