With all the snow around, it's tough to imagine anyone getting in a couple of rounds of golf these days.
But Western Maryland College's golf team just completed its first tournament of the season Tuesday, coming away with a ninth-place finish in the 12-team Greensboro (N.C.) Exchange Tournament at the Bryan Park Golf Club.
Western Maryland freshman Brian Barry was the medalist, firing a 10-over-par 154 in the two-day, 36-hole tournament.
The Green Terrors, who were in 11th after the first day, moved up two spots, finishing with a 693. High Point (N.C.) University won the title with a 628.
The Green Terrors, competing in the Centennial Conference this season, won the Middle Atlantic Championship last year. Junior Brian Gallizzo is the top returnee. The Green Terrors lost last season's top three golfers -- Jeff Dierks, Steve Comes and Tom Brandt -- to graduation.
The Green Terrors (3-14) closed their season with a 13th-place finish at the 18-team NCAA Division III East Regional at Elizabethtown College over the weekend.
The Green Terrors finished with 20 points. Lycoming took the title with 122.25 points.
Junior Ted Speers (heavyweight) and sophomore Joe Flemming (177 pounds) were the only Green Terror competitors to place in the qualifier.
Speers, seeded second, lost a 5-0 decision to Gettysburg's Brandon Ream in the semifinal round. The week before, Speers defeated Ream, 7-6, in the Centennial Conference championship become the first Green Terror in 10 years to win a conference title. He finished the season 9-3.
Flemming, who finished the season with a team-high 22 wins, lost in the quarterfinals before claiming two wins in the consolation bracket and finishing sixth. He was 22-6 on the season.
The honors continue for senior forward Rolando Welch.
On Monday, he was selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division III All-Middle Atlantic District second team.
Welch, a 6-foot-4 senior, topped Western Maryland in several offensive and defensive categories and was picked to the All-Centennial Conference first team. He led the Green Terrors in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive year, averaging 19.7 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. He topped the squad in steals with 41 and blocked shots with a school single-season record 53.
The two-year captain led the Centennial Conference in scoring (19.6) and rebounding (10.5) in conference games.
Spring season ready to roll?
Western Maryland's men's lacrosse and baseball teams are scheduled to open their seasons next weekend.
The lacrosse team will be at Lynchburg (Va.) College on March 12, and the baseball team begins its six-game schedule in Cocoa, Fla., against Rutgers-Newark and Clark University on March 13.
This week's snow is a reminder of the dreadful start of last year's spring season.
The baseball team missed two games on its Florida trip because of airport delays caused by a snowstorm here.