Stevenson University men’s golf team is celebrating their first top-five placement of the spring season with a fourth place finish at the Myrtle Beach Shootout held on March 16.
The Myrtle Beach Shootout showcased Stevenson’s talented freshmen, including Luke McKeogh, from Warminster, Pa. McKeogh scored a 75 and placed second overall. He was named the MAC Commonwealth Player of the Week for his 76.46 stroke average, according to gomustangsports.com. His success is matched by two other skilled freshmen, Chris Miller and Zach Potten, who placed 22nd and 28th respectively.
“Luke and Zach can both play very well. It’s exciting for the spring because they did so well in the fall,” said Chris Ramer, the head coach for both the men’s and women’s teams. As an educator for over 31 years and a coach for 11, Ramer encourages both teams to be well-rounded athletes. The Mustang golf teams have had a consistent GPA average of 3.0 for the past five years. Ramer says it is all part of the game: “I want them to be good people.”
Overall, the coach is excited for the spring season. “I’m hopeful that we do well in the spring because we did so well in the fall. [The players] go up to the courses and they practice a lot. It’s up to them.”
Stevenson placed fourth at Dutchman Invitational at Lebanon Valley College on March 28. Senior Matthew Daryman and freshman Chris Miller tied for 14th overall. Another top-five placement can be possible for the team as they take on their biggest challenge, the 45th Camp Jejune Intercollegiate beginning March 31, held at the Paradise Point Golf Course. This event hosts the best teams in the nation.
Ramer said,”The [Camp Jejune Intercollegiate] is the biggest tournament we attend. It’s three days and a lot of the top teams in the country. That will be very interesting to see how we play. We will take our best.”
The goal for the spring season is simple. “My goal, and I might be the only coach to have this goal, is to have both teams win the conference, and both teams go to Nationals. We want the men and women to both win, but I don’t know if too many coaches have gone to both Nationals.”