Young Tigers Enter Spring Season With Depth and Potential

Andy Bonar

Andy Bonar

The Wittenberg golf team is beginning a new era this spring as Scott Isphording takes over as the teams head coach. He inherits a team in transition after back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the always-tough North Coast Athletic Conference, home to perennial national powers Allegheny and Ohio Wesleyan, as well as several other schools, including Wittenberg, that have strong golf traditions.

Leading the way in 2003 will be sophomore Andy Bonar (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster), the teams top scorer a year ago who earned second-team All-NCAC honors for his stellar performance at the conference meet. Bonars best finish of the 2002 season was third at the College of Wooster Invitational, an event in which he shot back-to-back 74s en route to a team season-best two-day total of 148. He followed that up with a fine sixth-place finish (159) in the NCAC event at Apple Valley.

The other returning letterwinners are junior Adam Knowlton (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee), who played the most rounds of any golfer on the team in 2001-02, and senior Jesse Fyffe (Chillicothe, Ohio/Chillicothe). Knowlton lettered his first two years as a collegian and ranked among the teams top five golfers both seasons. Last year, Knowlton posted an average of 81.33, while Fyffe checked in with an average of 82.11 in five tournaments.

What the team lacks in experience, it makes up for in depth and potential. Sophomore Mike Aughenbaugh (Aurora, Ohio/Aurora) played one varsity tournament last year and will be counted on to carry a much more significant load in 2003. Also competing for playing time are freshmen Clinton Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Ohio/Mechanicsburg)Nathan Delaney (Toledo, Ohio/St. Johns Jesuit)Mark Sanders (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin)Dane Sandridge (Westfield Center, Ohio/Lodi Cloverleaf) and Kristopher Schmelzer (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster).