NEW HAVEN, Conn. – With an influx of new golfers, the Albertus Magnus College men's golf team reached new heights in the 2019 campaign, earning a pair of victories to go along with a program-record sixth-place finish in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship.
The season began with a bang, as the Falcons defeated Purchase State by a 340-359 final score on Sept. 6 for the program's first dual-match victory since 2016. Junior transfer Ryan Sember (Branford, Conn.) led the way for Albertus with a match-best 77 (+5) in his first competitive round at the Alling Memorial Golf Club.
Men's Golf Defeats Purchase for First Victory Since 2016— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) September 6, 2019
Following a single-digit road setback to the College of Mount Saint Vincent, 373-382, in their next match on Sept. 15, the Falcons bounced back with a fifth-place showing at the Brett Williamson Invitational, hosted by Westfield State. Albertus finished in the middle of the of the nine-team field with a score of 344 at the one-day event. Sember again led the way for the Falcons with 75 (+4) to tie for third place.
Albertus then suffered a heart-breaking dual-match loss to Mitchell College on Sept. 25, as the Falcons lost by one stroke in a playoff. Both teams finished their rounds' with a score of 342, before the Mariners took the contest in a one-hole playoff.
The Falcons (329) then bested both Dean College (331) and Eastern Nazarene College (374) in a home match on Sept. 27. Sember took medalist honors with a program-record one-round score of 74. Both Quinn Oliver (Milford, Conn.) and Brandon Fowler (Lexington, S.C.) also had stellar outings in the win with round scores of 85 and 86, respectively.
Men's Golf Defeats Dean and Eastern Nazarene College
— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) September 27, 2019
Albertus followed up that victory with a second-place showing at the three-team Mitchell Invite III on Oct. 1. The Falcons (324) just missed the mark set by Elms College (319) to place second. Mitchell finished third on its home course with a score of 335. Sember took medalist honors for the second consecutive event with a score of 75. Albertus' score of 324 was a season-low for the team.
The Falcons wrapped up the season with a program-best sixth-place showing at the GNAC Fall Championship with a two-day score of 661. Albertus bested both Rhode Island College (671) and Emmanuel (Mass.) College (776), while being just 15 strokes behind Suffolk University (646) for fifth place. Sember paced the team with a score of 157 to place in a tie for 12th, while Liam Deane (Branford, Conn.) finished tied for 16th with a score of 160.
Men's Golf Places Sixth in GNAC Tournament
— Albertus Falcons (@AMCAthletics) October 13, 2019
Sember led the way for the Falcons all season, carding the team's lowest score in every event of 2019. The junior tallied a score lower than 80 in all but one round all season, including the aforementioned program-record 74 against Dean and Eastern Nazarene.
Dean was another staple among Albertus' top-three scorers, tallying five rounds in the 80s to go along with a season-best score of 77 in the second round of the GNAC Championship. His best finish came in the season opener against Purchase, where he placed fourth overall, one of three top-five showings.
Oliver, Fowler, and David Aquavia (Oakville, Conn.) rounded out the Falcons' top-five performers on the year. Both Oliver and Fowler posted their best work at the GNAC Championship, with both tallying season-best rounds of 82 and 83, respectively, in round two. Aquavia's best round of his rookie campaign was his 81 at the Mitchell Invite III to take sixth place.
Off the course, four golfers earned a spot on the Fall 2019 Dean's List. Aquavia, Fowler, Oliver, and Sember all garnered this academic distinction by achieving a grade-point average of 3.50 or higher during an academic semester or a grade-point average with no grade below a B during the semester (STORY).