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The Wilkes University golf team will begin their 2007 season during spring break week when they head to Greensboro, Georgia, for eight days of training at the Reynolds Plantation. The Reynolds Plantation features 81 holes of golf, including courses designed by such notables as Jack Nicklaus, Rees Jones, Tom Fazio and Bob Cupp.
Second-year Wilkes head coach Mike Hirthler, who is a member at Reynolds Plantation, will rely on a veteran team that returns all of its key contributors from a season ago. The Colonels, who were 0-5 during Hirthler’s first season, finished fifth at the Freedom Conference Championship to conclude their year.
The top seven players from last season are all returning, including junior Carmen Winters. Winters averaged 85.6 strokes per round a season ago and finished 14th at the Freedom Tournament. Sophomore Matt Wagner, who was 19th in the conference tournament, averaged 85.1 strokes per 18 holes. Junior Adam Bachman finished 22nd at the Freedom Championships and registered an 85.0 stroke average. Senior Luke Pisarcik rounds out the group that competed in the conference tournament. Pisarcik finished 31st and averaged 88.7 strokes per round for the season.
Four other returnees, seniors Ross Tolerico and Tim Burns and sophomores Matthew Nagar and Ben Gerhart, also saw action last spring. Tolerico averaged 85 strokes per round, while Burns finished with an 87.5 scoring average. Nagar averaged 86 strokes per round and Gerhart checked in with an 89 scoring average.
The Colonels, who will play their home matches at the Wyoming Valley Country Club, will open their spring season on April 5 when they travel to
Bethlehem to participate in the Moravian College Tournament.