WILLIAMSBURG, VA – The York College men's golf team won their third Capital Athletic Conference championship on Saturday as they edged Babson College by a stroke to earn the title. The Spartans last won the championship in 2013 while their other title came during the 2009 season.
In addition to the team title, freshman Casey Leebrick won the individual championship as he fired a total of 217 to win the championship by three strokes over Southern Virginia's Nathan Ouimette. Leebrick was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year while he also took home the Rookie of the Year award. Leebrick is the second Spartan to earn the two awards joining Adam Dupler who accomplished the feat during the Spartans' 2009 championship campaign. They are two of three players who have earned both awards in a single year.
The Spartans entered Saturday in third place but surged into first as they shot a 299 for the second straight round to complete the tournament with a score of 912. Babson finished second at 913. Mary Washington was third at 917 followed by Christopher Newport at 928. Southern Virginia rounded out the top five with a score of 979.
Leebrick played great all weekend as he started the tournament with a three-over-par 74 on Thursday. He then fired an even-par 71 to surge into the lead. He held on to the lead with his one-over-par 72 to finish the tournament on Saturday. Leebrick went out in 38 but ended the round on a roll as he shot a one-under 34 on the back side to solidify the Spartan championship.
Senior Tyler Newton had a great round to finish out the championships. The senior came up huge for the Green and White as he shot the best round of the day with his even-par 71. Newton, who finished 11th overall, uncharacteristically struggled in the opening two rounds by his lofty standards. However, he came up big when the Spartans needed him the most as he was one-under par over his final eight holes of the tournament. That score helped the Spartans come back and win the tournament championship. Newton earned All-CAC honors for the fourth time in his career. He has two first-team finishes and two second-team finishes in his illustrious Spartan career.
Sophomore Luke Fayocavitz also played well on Saturday as he shot a two-over-par 73. Fayocavitz finished tenth overall in the tournament to earn second-team All-CAC honors. Fayocavitz opened the tournament with an 83 and improved to a 74 on Friday before shooting his two-over-par 73 in the tournament's decisive round.
Sophomore Joel Marshall was York's fourth scorer as he finished 18th with a three-day score of 241. Marshall shot an 83 on Saturday. He went out in 39 and shot 44 on the back nine for his 83. Fellow sophomore Matthew Chalupa was York's fifth tournament participant as he shot an 88 on Saturday. Chalupa finished 19th in the tournament as he shot a 243. Chalupa was very good in the first two rounds with a 79 on Thursday and a 76 on Friday.
The CAC Championship earns the Spartans the CAC's automatic bid as they will make their first appearance as a team. The tournament will be held on May 14-17, 2019 at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.