Men's Golf 2011-12 Season Review


Jon Heppen
Heppen closed out his career with a personal-best 84.0 stroke average.
The Muhlenberg men’s golf team went where no team in program history had gone before during the 2011-12 season.

The Mules broke the school record for low team score in a round by firing a 295 on the second day of the Penn State Harrisburg Invitational. The second sub-300 round in program history (the other was a 299 at the Susquehanna Tee-Off Tournament in March 2000) highlighted a season in which all six Mules broke 80 at least once.

The fall season was bookended by solid performances. Sophomore Christopher Lucarelli tied for third in his first collegiate tournament, the season-opening Moravian Fall Invitational, and then senior Zack Meyers tied for fifth in the last round of 2011 to lead Muhlenberg to a third-place finish in its lone home tournament of the season.

Zack Meyers
Meyers posted a team-high 12 rounds in the 70s in his final season.

When the spring rolled around, Lucarelli notched back-to-back top five finishes at the York Invitational and Moravian Spring Invitational, where Meyers joined him in a tie for fourth to help the Mules finish third out of 18 teams.

Sitting in fourth after the first day of the Penn State Harrisburg Invitational, the Mules fired their record-setting round, which was 12 shots better than any other team on day two, to finish second, just three shots shy of first and 15 ahead of third.

Junior Brandon Davis led the way with a one-under-par 71, the squad’s lowest round of the season. Senior Jon Heppen followed with a career-best 73, while Lucarelli and Meyers rounded out the Mule scorers with a 74 and 76, respectively.

Lucarelli finished second overall with a two-round total of 148 (four-over par), becoming only the second Mule golfer in the last 20 years to shoot below a 75 in both rounds of a two-day tournament.

Five days later, Muhlenberg took second again at the Alvernia Spring Invitational, where senior Matthew Cohen and sophomore Chris DiMaio tied for sixth.

The Mules closed out the season with a sixth-place finish at the Centennial Conference Championship, where Meyers and DiMaio tied for 19th at the three-day event.

Meyers led the Mules with an 80.3 average for the season, followed closely by Davis (80.8) and Lucarelli (80.9), who had a team-high four top-5 finishes.

DiMaio broke 80 six times to finish with an 81.3 average, while Heppen, who entered the season without a sub-80 round in his career, shot in the 70s four times.