FOUR! That’s how many members of the Muhlenberg men’s golf team shot in the 70s in 2008-09, the first
time in the last 15 years that happened.
Snow improved his stroke average every year at Muhlenberg.
That depth of talent carried the Mules to four second-place finishes in the fall and a third-place showing at the Centennial Conference
Championships. In all, the team competed in 11 tournaments, finishing in the top half in all but three.
Muhlenberg played its best golf in the fall, taking the runner-up spot at Susquehanna, Messiah, Gettysburg and its own tournament. The Mules shot a 304 and were just one stroke behind eventual CC champion Franklin & Marshall at Susquehanna. At Messiah, three Mules placed in the top 10.
Senior Bill Snow took medalist honors at the Gettysburg Fall Invitational, shooting a 2-under-par 70. For the first time, the Muhlenberg Invitational was contested over two days at two different courses, and the Mules overtook 22nd-ranked Allegheny on the second day.
The spring brought bad weather and cloudier results. Rain shortened or completely wiped out three of Muhlenberg’s first four tournaments, and by the time the good weather arrived it was the last week of the season.
At the CC Championships, the Mules hoped to challenge for the title after letting a second-round lead slip
away in 2008. This time they played an excellent third round, but were too far behind to challenge for the title. Muhlenberg tied for the lowest round of the tournament by shooting a 308 on the third day to finish 14 strokes off the lead.
Kelleman shot a season-best 75 in the second round of the Tom Kinder Invitational and a 76 in the third round of the CC Championships.
Sophomore Zachary Oyer was the team’s top golfer at the CC Championships, tying for sixth, and all season long. His stroke average of 77.9 was the best by a Mule in the last 15 years, and he shot in the 70s in 12 of 16 rounds.
Snow averaged a career-best 78.5 in his final season, scoring three top-10 finishes. Freshman Matthew Cohen was impressive in his rookie season, averaging 78.8 and shooting a 75 at the Glenmaura National Collegiate Invitational.
Junior Biff Slocum (79.9), senior Geoffrey Kelleman (80.2) and sophomore Jordan Carpenter (82.1) rounded out Muhlenberg’s lineup.