RMU golf hopes to build on NEC Championship at Crusader Collegiate

Jonathan Hanna, Assistant Sports Editor

CHESTERTON, In. — After winning last year’s NEC Championship, the Robert Morris golf team will get back into the swing of things on Monday as they head to Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Indiana, for the Crusader Collegiate; hosted by the Valparaiso Crusaders.

The course for this week’s tournament is Sand Creek Country Club, a 6,972-yard, par-72 course located 20 minutes outside Gary, Indiana. Highlights of the course include the par-3 fourth hole on the ‘Creek Course’ that plays 190 yards over water, and the 535-yard, par-5 sixth hole on the ‘Marsh Course’ that sports a narrow-tree lined fairway that doglegs off to the left.

As for the Colonials’ team, they will be missing the talents of graduates Daniel Franco Saad, Bryce Gorrell, Ethan Sawyer, Alex Schreckengost and David Szymanski. Gorrell, a native of Tiffin, Ohio was named the NEC Golfer of the Month for the month of September, carding an average score of 71.6 through five rounds. Szymanski, from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, is tied for seventh in Colonials history with eight rounds at or below par in his career.

New to the team this year are four freshmen. Logan Hess from Willow Street, Pennsylvania, was the captain for Penn Manor High School for three years, where he was named a Section 1 Lancaster-Lebanon League All-Star three times. Joining Hess are two other Pennsylvanians in Parker Johnson from Venetia and Alex Seelig from Reading. Johnson, who attended Peters Township, was named to All-WPIAL teams his junior and senior seasons. Seelig finished top-five at the county, district, regional, and state championships as a junior from Exeter Township.

Also joining the three Pennsylvanians is Josh Nagy, from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Nagy won the U-19 Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Award and Outstanding Achievement for Golf. He also played hockey for the Saskatoon Blazers of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League (SMHL) where he scored 48 points (21g, 27a) in 43 games played.