Golf prepares to tee off in Florida

(Photo by Sabina Moran)

Stevenson University’s men’s and women’s golf teams are ready to get back out on the green for their upcoming spring season.

Head coach Chris Ramer said all of the players on the women’s team are very good and the men’s team has five players who consistently shoot under 80.

Lauren Rentz tees drives the ball during the 2017 Stevenson fall invitational at the Piney Branch Golf Club. (Photo by Sabina Moran)

Ramer enters his 15th year as head coach for the men’s and women’s golf teams. Under his leadership, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) honored the Mustangs as an All-Academic Team  for having a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher, only 22 schools out of 284 in Division III are selected for this honor, according to gomustangsports.com. This is the fourth straight year they received this honor.

The season officially begins on March 19, when the team will travel to Orlando, Fl. During the break, the men’s team is set to play against Webber International University, while the women’s team will compete Benedictine University. Following that, both are set to play Calvin College.

The schedules are full this spring for both teams. The men will participate in 12 tournaments, and the women will participate in 11 tournaments.

On April 1, the men’s team will play locally at Piney Branch Golf Club in Hampstead, Md. Ramer encourages supporters to attend.

“I’m excited to see how well we have improved from the fall to the spring,” said Ramer. “I would like to see us be able to win the [Middle Atlantic] conference for both men and women to get the experience to go to the nationals.”

Freshman Amanda Perez said, “Coach Ramer and assistant coach Jeff are great. It has been better than I could have ever hoped for. We all know what the end goal is and we want to win and go to nationals.”

Stevenson golfer Josh Maisel tees off  during the 2018 NCAA championships. (Photo from Brett Adams’ Flickr)

The team will participate in the Intercollegiate Golf Championship at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C between April 4-7. They are set to play against the top 32 schools in the country. At this event, during the first two days, they will play with two other schools along with a retired Marine. Freshman Shane Angle said, “It’s really special to us to get out there and be able to show respect to the many veterans who have risked their lives for us day in and day out overseas.”

Senior Josh Maisel nears his last season playing golf for Stevenson.

“I have had a great experience playing for the Mustangs.  We really have a good team all around, we all have the same goals and help each other work towards them,” said Maisel.

To follow along with the men’s and women’s performances on the green, visit gomustangsports.com.

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