Despite golf often being an overlooked and underappreciated collegiate sport, the Scranton men’s team has made waves through the years by finding great success.
The team has been consistently successful thanks to stable head coach Ed Karpovich. Karpovich is in 33rd season as head coach, and he holds a very successful overall record of 257-105-2 in dual matches during his tenure. Throughout this fall 2014 season, the players stuck together and enjoyed success at various tournaments and matches.
Senior Grant Gulick said the golfers did not win as much as they had wanted, but they had a great time and still did well, both overall and individually.
While it might not have fully lived up to its own expectations, the team still finished with a 10-4 winning record. Junior Ryan Brown and senior Erik Meyer were each named Empire 8 Golfer of the Week in September. Both golfers also placed first individually in two tournaments. Coach Karpovich has a lot to be positive about.
Gulick has been on the team for all four of his years at The University, and said he has had a very positive experience. He strongly credits that to the great unity within the team, and the enjoyable times the golfers have had together.
“I made a great group of friends with this team,” Gulick said.
Unlike many sports teams people may find today, Gulick said he feels that the team got along extremely well and had no issues together.
“There is no one on the team that isn’t close. Everyone knows each other. There’s no bad blood”, he said.
Although the golf season continues again in the spring, this fall season was the last for Gulick. Since he is graduating in December, he will not be joining his team again in the spring.
Gulick said the thought of not playing anymore is an adjustment.
“It’s definitely different. My last match was surreal,” he said.
Luckily, he can look back on a highly successful four years with the team, having been a part of several school records.
With the completion of the fall season, Scranton men’s golf now has a break until the spring season.