Thomasville, NC- The Belmont Abbey College men’s golf team has been honored by being selected the 2007 CVAC preseason coaches poll favorite. The Abbey returns veteran experience in All-CVAC 1st Team senior Kasey Timms along with CVAC All-Tournament sophomore Justin Wong. They will also look to newcomer Conor Tomlinson for added punch in the lineup.
The Abbey is ranked 29th in the latest GCAA/Bridgestone Division II Coaches Poll. The Crusaders put together a solid fall season that saw it win its home tournament, the Checkered Flag Shootout, posting a ten-over 298. Timms was the leader in the fall, posting a team-best 73.43 stroke average in seven rounds, including a low round of 70. At the end of the fall season, longtime coach and 2006 CVAC Coach of the Year Doug Ehmann resigned and was replaced by women’s coach Jim Haughey. Haughey and the Crusaders look to continue the fall success as they move into 2007.
Pfeiffer University comes into the preseason poll in the second spot and ranked 31st in the latest GCAA/Bridgestone DII national poll. After coming off of a ninth place finish at the 2006 NCAA Division II National Championship, the Falcons will have to replace last years CVAC Player of the Year Ian Kentwright and 2nd Team All-CVAC member Eric Forsman. Senior David Harris who was a 2006 All-CVAC 2nd Team member looks to fill those shoes along with added strength from some timely newcomers on the roster. Second year head coach Brandon Turner believes there are good things ahead for the Falcons this spring. “We are obviously disappointed with how our fall season unfolded. While we had some impressive individual tournament results, we did not meet our expectations as a team. Fortunately for us, the spring is when it counts. Our main objective is to break back into that top 25. We have perennially been there, and that is our intent this spring. I fully expect our upperclassmen to have a great season. With the addition of our two new players from South Africa, we have the makings of a very talented team. We are looking forward to getting back on track in the spring."
Barton College returns four of five starters from a team that played its way to a third NCAA D-II National Championship berth in the last four seasons. The Bulldogs have added three talented freshmen who saw plenty of playing time in the fall, when Barton won once and finished third, seventh and ninth in its other events. Leading the way for the Bulldogs is lone senior Nick Nosewicz and freshmen Kyle Post, Taylor Hernandez, and Stephen Harrison. Sophomore Jonathan Burke, junior Neal Jones, and junior Joe Elwell also return from last year’s National Championship lineup (finished 19th). “We have a young, talented team with tons of potential,” 10th-year Barton head coach John Hackney said. “We experimented with a lot of different lineups in the fall, and I really like our depth. Any one of our nine players could travel on a given week, which is a great luxury to have.”
Rounding out the golf preseason poll 4-10 were: Coker, Mount Olive, Anderson, Limestone, St. Andrews, Queens, and Lees-McRae respectively.
Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Pre-Season Coaches’ Poll
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Belmont Abbey College (6) 75
2. Pfeiffer University (1) 68
3. Barton College (1) 64
4. Coker College (1) 53
5. Mount Olive College (1) 49
6. Anderson University 43
7. Limestone College 41
8. St. Andrews Presbyterian College 29
9. Queens University of Charlotte 19
10. Lees-McRae College 9
2007 CVAC “Preseason Players to Watch” List
(As selected by the member institutions)
Name: School: Year: Highlights:
Adam Sheriff Anderson So. ’06 All-CVAC 1st Team & CVAC
Freshman of the Year
Kyle Post Barton College Fr. Won once and led Barton in fall with 73.6 avg.
Nick Nosewicz Barton College Sr. Avg. 74.7 in fall, currently rated 8th in region
Kasey Timms Belmont Abbey Sr. ’06 All-CVAC 1st Team
Conor Tomlinson Belmont Abbey Fr.
Blaine Rogers Coker Sr. Member of 2006 National Qualifying Team
Chris Marsh Coker Fr.
Eric Hinson Lees-McRae Fr.
Paul Butler Limestone Sr. ’06 All-CVAC Honorable Mention
Mick Moberg Mount Olive Jr. ’06 All-CVAC 2nd Team
Chris Bitzenhofer Mount Olive Sr. 2nd-lowest average on team in 2005-06
Scott Kegerreis Queens So. Top Queens Player
Andy Serketich Queens Sr. Team Captain
David Harris Pfeiffer Sr. ’06 All-CVAC 2nd Team
Matt Whelband Pfeiffer Sr. ’06 Atlantic All-Region
Alvin Yeung St. Andrews Sr. ‘04 FOY, 2-time All-CVAC, October GOM
John Kolls St. Andrews Sr. 74.4 average in 9 fall tournament rounds