New courses trouble golfers early on

Bobby Scott, Sports Editor

The Pitt- Johnstown men’s golf team competed in the University of Charleston (W. Va.) Invitational Sept. 16-17.  The team finished No. 15 in a 16-team tournament.

The team finished last in the Clarion University Invitational Sept. 8-9.

The Charleston Invitational was played at Glare Springs Resort (Daniels, W. Va.), a course design the team has never played before.

“The course had a layout like most of us have never seen,” senior Zach McQueen said.  “It was in pristine condition.”

McQueen said that the team has been playing as well as they can.

“None of us played to our potential, we all struggled,” he said.  “Whether it was putting for myself or keeping the ball in play for others.”

Like many other fall sports teams at Pitt-Johnstown this season, the team is a work in progress.

“We have a lot to work on; our main attitude is to stay positive and post scores that will keep us in contention,” McQueen said.

Head coach Patrick Greer is now in his fifth year at the helm of men’s golf after originally being hired to coach women’s golf.

Greer said he looks to guide his team to better finishes than the first two results of the season.

“We have struggled a bit.  They were played at two courses we have not played yet, which always makes it more difficult,” Greer said.

“My seniors have played well, and I am hoping they can come into form before the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship late in October.”

He said that the freshmen are still getting used to the routine in the season’s early goings.

“The new guys (freshmen) on the team are learning to juggle school, practice and tournaments,” he said.

“All in all, I am pretty happy with what I see for the rest of the season.”

Senior Mike Macionsky, along with McQueen, look to help the underclassman in the maturation process of being an experienced team.

“We are a young team this year, and we did not get off to the start we were looking for,” Macionsky said.

“We have a lot of potential and room for improvement.”

The Mountain Cats’ next stop on the schedule is the California (Pa.) University Invitational Oct. 7-8.