Aug. 13, 2014
WASHINGTON - Incoming freshmen Sam Madsen and Cole Berman are both less than one month away from arriving at Georgetown University for their freshman year, but the pair of future Hoya men's golfers will be arriving with some impressive summer victories, before beginning collegiate competition in the fall.
Madsen won the Wisconsin State Golf Association (WSGA) Junior Championship after shooting a two-under par 214 over 54 holes at The Legend at Merrill Hills. For Madsen it was his first WSGA Junior Championship. Earlier in the summer he finished seventh at the U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier.
"It was pretty fulfilling to win such a great tournament," Madsen said. "I was bogey free in the first round, my second round was also pretty good and then in the third round it was more nerve-wracking. I didn't hit the ball as well, so I had to punch out of trees a lot and fight for par a lot harder."
Madsen would hold on to his three-stroke lead to win his last tournament of the summer, before arriving at Georgetown.
Fellow incoming freshman Cole Berman recently won the Joseph H. Patterson Cup at Tavistock Country Club. The tournament is considered a Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) major tournament. Berman finished with a four-under par 140, shooting a 68 in the first round and 72 in the second to capture a one-stroke victory. Berman finished atop a field of 140 golfers in the two-round stroke play event. The victory allowed Berman to clinch his third consecutive Philadelphia Junior Player of the Year.
"I was very excited to win the Patterson Cup," Berman said. "It's the last Amateur Major in the Philadelphia region for the year and was my last event of the summer."
For Madsen and Berman, the next step in their career will be when they arrive on the Hilltop and begin practice in September.
"I'm looking forward to being a part of the team and to play some great courses," Madsen said. "I took a couple of the visits to Georgetown, so I know the guys and am just looking forward to getting started."
"I can't wait to start my career as a Hoya," Berman said. "I used this summer to get ready for college golf and am looking forward to see how the transition goes. I think we have a chance to have a great year and I'm hoping Sam and I can have a big impact right out of the gate."