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Waking up at the crack of dawn is not something that college athletes – or any students for that matter – usually like to do. But, if it means improving their games and getting prepared for the season, the members of the Muhlenberg men’s golf
Weston Happ
Happ shot an 80 to finish seventh at the Muhlenberg Fall Invitational.
team don’t seem to have a problem with it.

The team has been preparing for its spring schedule by getting in swings in the John Deitrich Field House the last couple of weeks.

“We have been practicing indoors three days a week early in the morning,” said senior Matthew Schoenfeld. “We also got to go outside for the first time last Tuesday so we should be pretty good especially in the first couple tournaments.”

The question is: When will the Mules actually get to play in that first tournament? One event was already cancelled, and the Susquehanna Frostbite Invitational was postponed. It has since been rescheduled for Monday, when the Mules will try to get their season underway for the third time.

Much of the core from last year’s Centennial Conference champion team is back. The Mules did lose three seniors, but return two of the three golfers who finished in the top 10 at the Centennial Conference Championships a year ago in Schoenfeld and junior Brian Farrelly. Farrelly tied for second with a three-round score of 231, while Schoenfeld shot a 236, tying for eighth place. Junior Chris Walach was the only other returning Mule to compete in the event, and he shot a 253.

Senior Weston Happ and sophomores Brian Ruht and Pat Moyle will be expected to be key contributors this season, especially after strong fall campaigns in which all three recorded rounds in the 70s. Happ shot a career-low 78 at Elizabethtown’s Blue Jay Classic. Ruht tied for seventh place with a two-over-par 73 to lead the Mules to an eighth-place finish at the Moravian Fall Invitational, and Moyle tied for seventh with a 75 at the Lebanon Valley Fall Invitational.

There is also excitement because of the team’s new coach, Rob Shutte, who in just over two months on the job has already made a difference in the eyes of the players.

“He is doing a great job getting everybody ready,” said Schoenfeld. “He is pretty strict and keeps us in line and makes sure we go to practice. He is also already recruiting so we can bring in golfers in future years. It’s really exciting.”

In the end, it will all come down to the Centennial Conference Championships at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pa. The Mules held off Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg for the title last year, and will be looking to capture their fifth title in the last nine years.

“We definitely have a good chance of winning it again,” said Schoenfeld.

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Last updated March 27, 2005