Cougars Chase Birdie

Jeremy Way, Reporter

The men’s golf team will be back in the swing of things during spring break. With head coach Timothy Foran and assistant coach Trevor Woodruff, the team will head to Williamsburg, Virginia where players will work on honing their skills and improving their game in preparation for the upcoming season.

Foran already visualizes success.

“I don’t know our competition, but we will be very good. I’m more confident than any other year I have coached,” said Foran. “The team chemistry this year and the talent on the roster makes the upcoming season look promising.”

Matches will kick off soon after the team returns from Virginia and all the predictions will be put to the test.

“The Misericordia Invitational at Mountain Laurel on April 8 is a big event for us. It’s the third annual invitational,” said Foran, who
is in his eighth season as coach.

The depth of the roster is noteworthy. The team’s talent comes from seniors and first years alike.

Foran’s top men’s players are first year Adam Deporter and seniors Matt Wiater, Jordan Wollenberg and Jeff Slanovec.

First year golfer Deporter said the team will benefit from experience. “I think prospects look promising for this upcoming season. We have a lot of experienced guys that have been around college athletics and golf in general for a lot longer than I have. I think if everyone plays up to their
full potential, we could have a very good season,” Deporter said.

Though new to the college competitive experience, Deporter is excited to begin competing and filling any role necessary.

“I really was not sure what to expect. I met with coach one time during my senior year in high school, which gave me a little bit of a feel for what would be happening on the team, but I did not get a real sense of college golf until I got on campus and actually started practicing and playing,”
said Deporter.

Deporter is a golfer to keep an eye on. During the fall season, he posted low scores of 81 and 79, which led the way for the team in those matches.

Wollenberg, Wiater and Slanovec also are on the hot list as they end their college golf careers. All have shot in the 70’s, and look to lead
their team to success.

The seniors helped lead the team to a new Cougar low scoring record as Wollenberg shot 72, Slanovec 75, and Wiater carded a 77 during the fall season.

“Love the chemistry and enthusiasm of all the guys. They love working on their games and live to compete,” said Foran.

With all the upperclassmen talent, Deporter said he expects to learn more.

“The guys on the team are great,” Deporter said. “I am lucky to have so many upperclassmen to follow as examples for my golf game and just college in general. I could really turn to anyone for guidance.”

This bond is what might help lead the teams to success. .

“Since the first practice, the guys have been giving me all sorts of advice and tips about terrible putting game, which I like to think improved throughout the fall,” said Deporter.

The Cougars last won a conference championship in 1998, when they claimed the PAC Championship title.

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