Coming off an undefeated 2015 fall season, The Lackawanna Falcon Men's Golf team has returned from its spring trip to Pinehurst, North Carolina, ready to start its Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference 2016 spring season.
The team returned this past Sunday from its annual trip to the Pinehurst Area, where the it participated in two scrimmages against Sandhills Community College, at the Mid Pines Resort in Southern Pines, North Carolina and College of Southern Maryland at the Swan Point Yacht & Golf Club in Issue, Maryland.
In its opening scrimmage with Sandhills, the 2015 NJCAA DIII National runner-up, the Falcons were outscored in match play, while in the second match play scrimmage, Lackawanna outscored College of Southern Maryland.
On his return from this year's spring trip, Head Coach, Patrick Lloyd, said "We had a nice fall season and then put the clubs away for the winter, so this past week was a great way to get prepared for our spring conference schedule, I just hope we improve enough to again return to the national championship." In the last two NJCAA National Championships, the Falcons finished in 7th place in 2014 and a 15th in 2015.
After capturing the Fall EPAC Championship, with a record of 17-0, this year's squad received an honorable mention in the Bushnell Golf World NJCAA DII Coaches Preseason Top 10 poll.
Returners for the spring season include Zachery Moore of Brantford, Canada, who led the team in the fall with a 72.5 scoring average; and Joseph Hurn of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, who averaged 74.2. Notably, Hurn also captured the EPAC Championship medalist honors with a 74. Rounding out the top four spots for the Falcons are Tyler Salak, of Clifford, Pennsylvania, and freshmen Ryan O'Malley of Cresco, Pennsylvania. Both Salak and O'Malley made solid contributions during the fall and are expected to do the same during the 2016 spring campaign.
Coach Lloyd is back for his tenth season with the Falcons golf team. He will be assisted by Mike Bonavoglia, of Dunmore Pennsylvania, a former NCAA DII & NCAA DIII standout. Under Lloyd, the Falcons have a win/loss record of 378-35-3 and have qualified for the NJCAA Division II National Tournament on eight different occasions.