Western Maryland wins MAC golf title

April 27, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

The Western Maryland College golf team had reservations going into the weekend's Middle Atlantic Conference Championship, said seventh-year coach Scott Moyer. It left the Mountain Laurel Resort in White Haven, Pa., Sunday with its second MAC title in three years.

The Green Terrors came back from a five-stroke, first-day deficit to easily defeat runner-up Dickinson by seven strokes, 620-627.

Seniors Steve Comes, Jeff Dierks and Tom Brandt led the way for the Green Terrors, who last won the MAC team title in 1991 when all three were sophomores.

Comes won his second MAC individual title, firing a two-day total of 148. Dierks took fourth with a consistent 152 (78 on Saturday, 74 on Sunday). Brandt had a brilliant second day, shooting a 73 after struggling on Saturday with an 83.

Sophomore Brian Gallizzo and junior Corey Duncan both had two-day totals of 166 to round out the championship effort.

"It's always great to win the first one, but the way we came back -- down five strokes and winning by seven -- was a little sweeter," said Moyer.

Moyer said the Green Terrors were coming off a solid effort at the Rutgers University Invitational on April 9-10 (they took 13th in the 22-team field, all others being scholarship squads), but followed that up with a subpar effort at the Wesley College Spring Invitational April 15.

Thus the reservations going into the weekend championship.

"Our attitude going in," said Moyer, "was to just play the golf course and go from there. The guys were dedicated and wanted it to happen this year with the three seniors. They made their own little pact and just went out and got things done."

Moyer said the team's tough schedule (they play a number of tournaments against Division I schools) was part of the reason they were able to regroup in the tournament's second day and run away from the rest of the 19-team field.

"We're used to the tough competition and it really paid off," he said.

"We didn't have any kind of strategy meeting or anything after Saturday. We knew we'd be OK, five strokes down is nothing. We just went back out and played the golf course knowing if we played well, we'd win it."

Comes, Dierks and Brandt closed out their MAC careers in grand fashion in leading the Green Terrors to their third MAC championship -- the first coming in 1978.

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