WESTMINSTER — Not too many athletic teams can have a championship season, then come back the next year and honestly say they're improved.
But one outfit that can make that claim is the Western Maryland College golf team.
The defending Middle Atlantic Conference champs lost one senior -- Eric Watkinson -- to graduation.
There's no question he'll be missed. However, sixth-year coach Scott Moyer has landed a pair of talented golfers in freshman Brian Gallizzo and sophomore transfer Doug Berger.
And with five of their top six returning, it can only spellproblems for the rest of the MAC.
"We're looking forward to a fine season," Moyer said.
"The guys are totally committed to what we want to do and we've had the best five weeks (of practice) since I'vebeen here."
Ken Werley is the team's captain and lone senior. A trio of juniors -- Jeff Dierks, Steve Comes and Tom Brandt -- lead theway.
Gallizzo, from the Mount St. Joseph's in Baltimore, and Berger, a transfer from Garrett Community College, also will play major roles.
"Eric (Watkinson) was very good, but we have the newcomers who can step right in. All the guys back are a year older with anotheryear of experience and our six, seven and eight golfers also have gotten a lot stronger," Moyer said.
The Green Terrors will get some good tests early when they go up against Division I schools James Madison, the University of Maryland, and Navy.
"We play a very good schedule," Moyer said. "We may be the only Division III school to playin these tournaments against Division I schools Navy, Maryland and James Madison. It helps us when we get to the MAC's, the guys come in and aren't intimidated."
WMC will open its season tomorrow in the Max Ward Intercollegiate Spring Tournament at Elon College in North Carolina.