Goucher golf tees off
The inaugural golf team includes, Wade Howard ’21, Logan Smith ’21, Roberto Mikse ’21, Joe Burns ’21, Steph Lee ’21, Emmie Starchvick ’21, Lauren O’Leary ’21, Christina Peavey ’21, and Kianna Haskins ’19. Not pictured are Whitney Duran ’21, Emily Pochet ’21, and Evan Yue ’21.
The Goucher College women’s and men’s golf programs will begin their inaugural season this year in the Landmark Conference as Goucher’s 19th and 20th NCAA sanctioned teams.
“I’m really looking forward to the start of the season and I’m honored to be a part of the inception of golf at Goucher,” says Head Golf Coach Hunter Brown. “We’ve worked really hard to get a great first group of men and women in here and we’re excited to get them out to compete.”
Both the women and men plan to participate in four tournaments during the fall semester, closing out with the inaugural Goucher Fall Invitational held at Hillendale Country Club in nearby Phoenix (MD)—the home of the Goucher College golf teams.
“I’m pleased with the events we have on the schedule for the fall. We’re going to be playing quite a bit—with the men in five events and the women in four—and that’s really a strategic move to give our almost exclusively first-year teams the opportunity to acclimate to college golf,” explains coach Brown.
Goucher will be welcoming six student-athletes on both the men’s and women’s teams, who’ve come from as far as China to be a part of the team.
“Overall, we are very excited about the launch of the program and the first class of players we have,” Brown says. “We expect them to develop into really strong teams over the course of the next few years.”
“They have the opportunity to come in and play as first-year students, and they are excited about that,” says Brown, who was a three-time All-Southland Conference golfer at the University of Texas-Arlington from 2009-2013. While with the Mavericks, Brown was a key contributor in an All-Southland Conference title and individually earned two berths to the NCAA regional championships. Since his time at UTA, he has played golf professionally for four years.
The Goucher College women’s golf team finished its first event in program history, placing third at the Bay Creek Invitational hosted in Cape Charles, Va, while the men’s golf team finished fourth overall.
The men’s and women’s Landmark Conference Golf Championships will be held in April 2018. The women’s title match is scheduled for April 28-29 at Susquehanna with the men playing at Scranton May 5-6.