Golfers rebuild from the drive

Bobby Scott, Sports Editor

Pitt-Johnstown men’s golf team has come into the season with several different faces.

The team comes into the year with eight returning players, but, since a team can have only five golfers qualify for a tournament, there will be younger players attempting to lead Pitt-Johnstown to prominence.

“Last year this team had a rough season.  They did not fare so well in tournaments, but we have already had one finish that was better than any of last year’s finishes,” head coach Mike Drahos said.

“There are a lot more golfers on this year’s team, which pushes the competition a lot more,” sophomore Kyle Maguire said.

“Coach Drahos is pushing us to do better and has set high expectations.”

Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball head coach Mike Drahos was named head coach of men’s golf in the offseason.

He replaced Patrick Greer who was head coach since the 2009-2010 seasons.

“Drahos is a great coach and is doing fantastic already in his first season,” junior David Urbassik said.

Greer’s teams failed to make an impact, at least as a team, in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference or the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

“Last year was a rough season because we placed last at every tournament and coach Drahos said the first day the he does not finish last,” Urbassik said.

“We are more focused and better prepared going into tournaments with winning attitudes as a team and as individuals.”

The team has not had a fourth place finish or better since fall 2012 and on average the Mountain Cats finished in 12th place in the 2013-2014 seasons.

The golfers come in to the season of finishing 10th out of the 11 teams in Clarion (Pa.) University’s Hal Hansen Invitational.

“We learned who was consistent and what we need to work on individually for upcoming tournaments,” Urbassik said.