Golfers find positives at season’s end

Yang Chen, Sports Editor

The Pitt-Johnstown golf team finished their conference playoff tournament Oct. 20 at Hershey Country Club placing ninth out of nine teams.

Mike Drahos, Pitt-Johnstown golf head coach, said they finished this season with some good results however.

“We had good and bad days this season, but our guys are doing a good job. 

“We lost some matches, but we worked hard and are still good,” Drahos said.

“The conference is a tough place to play. We moved practice from Windber Country Club to Sunnehanna Country Club in order to get a better courses,” Drahos said.

According to Drahos, Sunnehanna Country Club is one of the best golf clubs in Pennsylvania, and it is one of the top 25 courses in Pennsylvania.

“A lot of celebrity players trained and played there, and it’s going to be a better place for the team to train. 

“I hope that they will have a better performance next season.

“I’m excited about this season, and the program is still building. I want to see change in the future,” Drahos said.

Junior Trent Hepner, who placed at 39th in the conference playoff tournament and third on the Pitt-Johnstown team, said he did not perform as well as he wanted.

“Our team improved all over, including our look in the new uniforms,” Hepner said. 

“I am just glad to play with such a great group of guys. 

“I really enjoyed the season and can’t wait for more,” Hepner said.

Sophomore team member Nicholas Bowes, a Johnstown area golfer, said he is excited for next season.

According to Bowes, he was injured and missed a couple of matches this season. 

“My performance was great in the beginning of the summer. 

“I was shooting my best rounds I’ve ever played,” Bowes said.

“I tried to destroy a ball on hole 6 at Sunnehanna and I slipped a disc in my lower back, causing me not to be able to walk on my own for a couple days.

“I think the guys who are coming back for a second, third, or fourth season know what to expect from tournaments and are trying their best to get out and practice as much as possible to strengthen up their games and do what they have to do to perform week in and week out.

“I really wouldn’t call us a team. I’d call us a group of brothers. Another thing we do, is after a round together, we don’t do the typical good game handshake, we dab each other up. 

“Our team definitely has a bond that can’t be broken and I look forward to joining the guys on the course again in March,” Bowes said.