AMCC Champions: Golf teams wins by 20 strokes - The Behrend Beacon

AMCC Champions: Golf teams wins by 20 strokes

Posted on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Author: Joe Vella (contributing writer)

WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. - The Behrend golf team made it two straight years and three out of the last four when they took the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Championship on Monday.
Sophomore Dante Vetica won the two-day event played at Oak Tree Country Club with a total score of 146 (72-74). The team won overall by 20 strokes over second place LaRoche College.
“It felt good to go out and play like that,” Vetica said. “I played solid for two days and was happy that I got the win, but I was even more happy that our team got the win. It made me feel a lot more comfortable to know I got guys like Zack, Scott, Nick and Dan Corbin behind me. Everyone played great this weekend and our team deserved the victory.”
Other highlights from the rounds were freshman Nick VanDamia and senior Zack Polanski, who had identical rounds with 82s on day one and 73s on day two for a total of 155.
“I was really proud of how the team played this weekend. Everyone was influential in the win,” Polanski said. “Dante played great all weekend and was clearly the best golfer out there over the two days.”
The runner-up in the AMCC tournament from last year, sophomore Scott Klein, followed a day one score of 78 with an 82 on the second. Dan Corbin, a sophomore also, fired off an 89-92.
“The wind played a big factor the first day, making it difficult to pick the right club,” Polanski said. I struggled the first day, but Dante and Scott carried us with a couple of good scores. I was proud of Nick, too, who shot nine shots better on the second day to really secure the win.”
The golf team was forced to play without the direct support of usual coach James Bowen this season. After an injury over the summer forced Bowen, also the assistant housing and food service director on campus, to work a part-time schedule, he was not allowed to put those hours toward the golf team. Athletic Director Brian Streeter filled in as the interim coach this year.
“I especially want to thank coach Streeter for all that he has done for the team this year, I honestly don’t think it would have been possible without him,” Polanski said. “We won this one for Coach Bowen, who for some ridiculous reason was not allowed to coach this year, even though he wants to.”