By Shawn Annarelli
UPPER BURRELL, Pa. – The Lions’ veteran golf team finished its season falling just shy of personal and team goals.
The Lions’ six returning golfers aimed to compete for the Penn State Athletic Conference Championship, a conference consisting of 12 Penn State campus golf teams. New Kensington ended the season with a 10-9 record, a one win improvement from last season, and finished in fourth place for the PSUAC title. Penn State Hazelton captured the PSUAC Championship with an overall score of 655, while New Kensington finished with a 684 total strokes.
Head coach Bill Woodard expected his golfers to mostly golf in the 70s and low 80s, but only Cody Dinger and Alex Baker consistently scored in the high 70s and averaged 79.6 throughout the season. Dinger and Baker received PSUAC All Conference honors. Dinger played well enough at the PSUAC championships to get the second-place medal, and Baker finished one shot behind him for the third-place medal.
Senior and Army veteran Matt Knapp was named to the USCAA Academic All-America team having posted a 3.95 GPA.
The USCAA national championship was played out in tandem with the PSUAC championships. The Lions finished in ninth place out of 21 teams, and Dinger and Baker finished sixteenth and seventeenth respectively.