Penn State DuBois golfers are the 2013 PSUAC Champions

Members of the Penn State DuBois Golf Team capped off their inaugural season in championship fashion on Oct. 7 and 8 by claiming the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) Championship. The team also finished at eighth place in the U.S. Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championships out of 19 teams from around the nation. The championships were hosted by Penn State and played at the Penn State Blue Course in State College, Pa.

After the first day of the tournament, DuBois with a score of 343, trailed perennial powerhouses Penn State Mont Alto by three strokes (340) and Penn College by 14 strokes (329). John Gaylor (Clearfield) led Penn Sate DuBois with an 81, followed by a steady Tighe Truman (Brookville) with an 86. John Kane (DuBois High School) and Derek Buganza (Brockway) both handed in 88s to round out the team scoring. Owen Braun (Mechanicsburg) had a 90 and Vinnie Montanari carded a 97.

“One of our main goals going into the tournament was to try to stay within striking distance of the leaders on the first day, so that we would still be playing a meaningful round on Tuesday. But I have to add, 14 strokes back was a little more than we would have liked,” stated coach Pat Lewis. “This was the first time any of the guys ever played in a tournament of this magnitude, so it was a learning experience for all of us.” 

On the second day, Penn State DuBois came out to play with hopes of the PSUAC Championship in sight. And they ended up not being disappointed.

DuBois’ Gaylor (Clearfield Area High School) played the front side even par and finished with a Penn State DuBois career low 76. Buganza (81), Braun (83, career low) and Kane (84) were all close behind for a team score of 324, which also is a new single match school record. This gave Penn State DuBois a two-day total of 667, three strokes ahead of runner-up Penn College (670).  “As a coach, you always talk about your team peaking at the right time and I can honestly say that our guys did that in the final round of the championships," stated Lewis.

The highlight of the round may have been a shot made by Gaylor on his last hole of the day. Lying 85 yards out in two strokes on a par five, Gaylor used a wedge and holed out for an eagle helping him turn in an impressive 76.
"Our guys played well both days but more so the second day," said Lewis. He added, “We had a team meeting in my room after the first round and discussed what we needed to do on the second day and the guys actually went out on the course believing that they could still win the PSUAC Championship despite being 14 strokes behind a very solid Penn College team. They are a really nice group of young men, and I am very happy for them and all that they have accomplished this season.” 

Penn State DuBois finished the season as the 2013 PSUAC Golf Champions with a regular season conference record of 30-7 and 31-7 overall. 

PSUAC Championship
Team scoring:
1. DuBois, 667
2. Penn College, 670
3. Mont Alto, 694
4. Wilkes Barre, 719
5. Hazleton, 724
6. Lehigh Valley, 739
7. New Kensington, 819
8. Schuylkill, did not finish
9. Brandywine, no team entered

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Last Updated October 10, 2013