SU golf teams strive for MAC title

Stevenson University’s men’s and women’s golf teams are preparing to make a push in the Middle Atlantic Commonwealth conference (MAC) championship April 27-28 at the Mount Laurel Golf Club in White Haven, Pa.

Head coach Chris Ramer said that both teams are skilled and are shooting very good numbers, with high hopes of winning the MAC Commonwealth championship.

Junior Jake McNamara attempts to put the ball on the green at Piney Branch during Stevenson’s Spring Invitational. (Photo by Sabina Moran)

Ramer is in his 15th season as head coach for the men’s golf team. In that time span he has secured three men’s MAC Commonwealth championships in 2013, 2016, and 2017. He has also appeared in four men’s NCAA Division III championships in 2007, 2013, 2016, and 2017.

With the women’s team, Ramer is in his seventh season as head coach. He has led the team to two consecutive MAC Commonwealth championships, in 2015 and 2016, while almost securing a three-peat of championships in 2017, when the women’s team finished in second place. Ramer coached the women  to two NCAA appearances in 2015 and 2016.

Both teams started off the 2019 season with a trip to Orlando, Fla., during the week of spring break, allowing both teams to face some fierce out-of-conference competitors. The men’s team bested a second-place finish at the Benedictine Men’s Florida Quad, and the women’s team grabbed a first-place finish in a dual match against Benedictine University.

Ramer said, “The goal is for both the men’s and women’s team to win the MAC, and hopefully have both teams get the experience to compete at nationals.”

Junior Tyler Slusarczyk said, “Head coach Ramer and assistant coach Jeff have taught me a lot on and off the course, and have given me the opportunity to compete against great teams.”

Junior Matthew Maione putts on the green at Piney Branch Golf Course. (Photo by Sabina Moran)

He added, “Winning the MAC would be a huge testament to our squad and doing so means a lot not only for the golf program, but for Stevenson University as well.”

Stevenson hosted a spring invite on April 1 in which the men’s team won a tie breaker, securing first place, their third consecutive year doing so. The tie breaker came down to the fifth player on both teams, where Stevenson had a lower score giving them the edge.

The golf program has its home at the Piney Branch Golf Club in Upperco, Md. Both the men’s and women’s team have seen great success teeing off on this course.

To follow both teams’ performance in the MAC championship, visit gomustangsports.com.

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