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Softball, baseball, men’s tennis

Men’s golf clinches Matte Award
at Lehigh Valley Cup

Even strong winds could not blow the Muhlenberg men’s golf team off course in its bid to secure the Matte Award at the Lehigh Valley Cup.

Of course a little help from Moravian made the task a whole lot easier.

The Mules shot 413 to finish third behind a pair of Division I teams — Lafayette and Lehigh. The Greyhounds, meanwhile, did not register a team score, meaning the Matte Award stays in Allentown for the seventh consecutive year.

Brandon Davis Named for the late Aaron Matte (Muhlenberg ’70), a strong supporter of local college athletics, the award goes to the school with the better record in head-to-head regular-season competition in all sports.

“It was unfortunate that they weren’t able to have a team score,” senior Eric Boskey said. “But we posted some pretty good scores, so I’m confident that we could’ve won even if they had had five players. It’s a really cool feeling to be the team that clinched the award, especially with it being my senior year.”

Teams were allowed to enter to seven players to the tournament, which was played at the par-72 Grace Course at Saucon Valley Country Club, with the five lowest scores counting towards the team total. Moravian only sent four golfers, so the Greyhounds were not able to record a team score.

Even so, Muhlenberg’s top four scores still beat Moravian’s top four scores by five strokes. The Mules also beat the Greyhounds by a stroke at their own Moravian Spring Invitational on the last day of March.

On a day when winds gusted in excess of 20 miles per hour, pins were hard to get close to and fairways were difficult to find, according to Boskey.

“It was a tough day to go low,” he said. “But that’s golf. The conditions are not always going to be perfect, so you’ve got to just suck it up and battle through it. And I think we did a pretty good job of that today. We didn’t get too frustrated, and we played within ourselves.”

Junior Matthew Cohen led the Mules with a 79. He finished tied for eighth and was the only non-Division I player to break 80.

Boskey carded an 82, while seniors Zachary Oyer and Jordan Carpenter, and sophomore Brandon Davis (left) each posted 84s to round out the Mule scorers.

“It was good to be able to get out and compete in some tough conditions,” Boskey said. “Of course we'd love to be playing in 80-degree temperatures with no wind, but with the way the weather has been lately, there’s no telling what it will be like at the conference championships. So this was a good test to see how we can play in strong winds.

“And of course it always feels great to beat Moravian, especially when the Matte Award is on the line.”
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