The EMU golf teams showed great promise in their first season under former player Andre Swartzentruber.
On the men's side, junior Ben Shenk (Elkton, Va./Page County) shaved four strokes off his scoring average from the previous year. For the women, Olyvia Longacre (Telford, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) wrapped up her career with her best season, including a pair of top-3 finishes.
Over Spring Break, the Royals headed to North Carolina and played three rounds in the Pinehurst area. They also visiting the famous Pinehurst #2 course and clubhouse. Combined with the new simulator housed on EMU's campus, the golfers looked poised for a big spring before being shut down by COVID-19.
ODAC finish: n/a
Coach: Andre Swartzentruber (1st season) – member of EMU's first-ever golf team during his senior collegiate year in 2012-13
Coach Swartzentruber Comments:
I thought the men had a good season gaining more experience in a competitive atmosphere against some top-notch golfers and teams. With everyone returning this upcoming year with one more year of experience under their belt, I believe we are ready to take the next step forward in building this program to where it needs to be.
And Olyvia had a great season with three top-10 finishes; including a 2nd place finish and a 3rd place finish. She always represented herself and EMU extremely well, and her competitors always respected and enjoyed playing with her. I have no doubt she will be a great success with whatever she does now that she has graduated and hopes to become a school teacher.
Ben Shenk – 81.6 scoring average (career low) was four strokes better than what he had in 2018-19…shot EMU's low round of 76 at the VSGA Intercollegiate on Oct. 15
Troy Hodge – playing in his first season as a senior, Hodge's 84.7 scoring average was No. 2 on the team…shot a career best 78 at the Ted Keller Memorial on Sept. 22
Olyvia Longacre – 84.8 scoring average was the best of her career and No. 10 in the ODAC…finished 2nd at the Knights Invitational on Sept. 2…finished 3rd at the RMC Invitational on Sept. 28-29