In the world of collegiate golf, Western Maryland College knows no boundaries.
Although classified as a Division III entry in competitions, the Green Terrors face and race with some of the top-ranked teams of Divisions I and II.
"We are very proud of the fact that our team is getting more and more invitations to be included in Division I tournaments," said WMC coach Scott Moyer.
At the same time, Western Maryland is not guilty of looking past its own division. Later this month, Moyer's men will seek their second straight Middle Atlantic Conference Championship,competing against similar Division III teams in the region. It is the largest golf conference championship in the country.
The Terrorswon last year at Shawnee-on-the-Delaware, near Stroudsburg, Pa. Thisyear's conference title test will be at Mount Laurel Resort, also inPennsylvania.
In addition to winning team honors, Western Maryland's Steve Comes finished with the best individual performance at Shawnee. The Doylestown, Pa., native returns to the lineup this season asa junior.
Others with this year's team are captain Ken Werley, Jeff Dierks, Tom Brandt, Brian Gallizzo, Doug Berger, Jim Naughton, JonBleckley, Corey Duncan and Scott Lyon. First-string starters Dierks and Brandt are juniors, Werley is a senior, and Gallizzo is a freshman.
Western Maryland is off to an impressive start in defense of its conference championship. The team took advantage of a weeklong golffling in North Carolina during spring break.
After competing in preliminary events at Elon College, N.C., the Terrors played the famedcourses in Southern Pines, then engaged in competition with the Naval Academy team in Annapolis.
Other featured invitational events this spring are scheduled at Shippensburg State, Susquehanna, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Elizabethtown and Dickinson, as well as the WMC Invitational at the college course in Westminster.
"Cooperation of the college in assisting the golf team has made a major contribution to the success of our program," said Moyer. "It seemsthat the students and faculty have become golf-minded. Golf classes now are the first to fill in athletics.
"Also, we are most fortunate to have the availability of our own nine-hole course at the college. Even the nearby Bear Creek course is allowing the team to use its driving range facilities."
Success for Moyer-coached golf teams should come as no surprise. The 39-year-old Moyer coached Baltimore's Mount Saint Joseph team for 12 years, winning nine Maryland Association schoolboy championships and two national prep titles.
He also has experience as a club professional and keeps a busy schedule of conducting golf clinics for the Mobile Golf Corp. around the country.
He is a member of the Golf Coaches Association of America. At one stage of his golfing career, Moyer was associated with professionals TomKernan and Paul Mosca at the former Font Hill course in Ellicott City.
Moyer, a resident of Carroll Valley, Pa., conducts private lessons and clinics at the college course and at an indoor golf facility,Golf Etc., in the Cranberry Mall.
"Once I convince students to adopt the key position at the half-way point of their backswings, they are on the way to swinging a golf club in the correct fashion."
The WMC team practices every day at 3:30 p.m. While the college course is short, it still is not easy to master. The two lowest scores produced in college tournaments on the course over the last six years werea pair of two-under-par 68s.