Northampton Press

Friday, September 20, 2019

Golfers aim for playoffs

Thursday, September 5, 2019 by Jeff Moeller Special to the Press in Sports

After winning the East Penn Conference (EPC) last year, Northampton’s golf team is in the middle of a transition year.

Through their first nine matches that took them through Aug. 27, the Konkrete Kids had an overall 4-5 record. They have recorded wins against East Stroudsburg North, Pocono Mountain West, Freedom and Allentown Central Catholic, while they have dropped matches to Stroudsburg, Nazareth, Emmaus, Liberty and East Stroudsburg South.

“We’re basically in a rebuilding year,” said Northampton head golf coach Brian Davies. “We have some guys back, but we lost a good core of our players.

“The Central Catholic match was a particularly memorable win, as we defeated them by one stroke at Woodstone. Central is one of the top-5 teams in the EPC.”

Davies will look to senior captain Nate Wheeler to help set the pace the remainder of the season.

“Nate is a testament to how methodically working on your golf game will lead to success,” Davies said. “He has decreased his handicap by 18 strokes since his freshman year. I would place Nate in the top 5 golfers of the EPC.”

“Our team goal is to qualify for the newly-reformatted EPC tournament. In the past, every team was invited; however, this year the team needs to be within the top-8 teams in the EPC,” Davies said. “Since we are in the middle of a rebuilding process, gaining entry into the end of the season tournament would be amazing.”

Additionally, NHS has two juniors in Andrew Sawarynski and Ryan Kovach who will look to continue to improve and get their averages from the mid to high 80s to the low 80s/high 70s, Davies added.

And, new freshman Madison Salter is already a strong golfer. Davies sees her as a top-five EPC girls golfer this year and will compete for titles over the next few years.