Nov. 1, 2011
The Georgetown University men's golf team wrapped up its fall season late last month with a third place finish at its own tournament, the Georgetown Intercollegiate, the team's third top-five finish in what Head Coach Tommy Hunter called one of the team's best seasons in recent years.
In five events, the Blue & Gray finished among the top-five three times, among the top 10 in four events. The Hoyas posted a scoring average of 292, with five rounds below 290 and nine below 295.
"We played solid golf this fall," Hunter said. "Our team scoring average is the lowest it has been in quite a while. That type of scoring can be competitive in every tournament we compete in. The most encouraging aspect is our consistency.
"Our philosophy was "never be content," to keep working harder with each passing round and see where it would take us. The team chemistry is as strong as I have ever seen. The guys just understand their roles and play within themselves. They are always supporting their teammates as they see them throughout the round and that means so much."
As a team, the Hoyas opened the season up with a third place showing at the Maryland Intercollegiate, shooting an 8-under par 844. The team struggled at the Gridiron Classic (finishing 12th), but bounced back with a seventh place finish at the Xavier Invitational. In the final two tournaments of the season, Georgetown placed fifth at the Bearcat Invitational and then took third at the Georgetown event.
"It seems as if the fall season came and went," Hunter said. "That is just how it is when tournaments follow one after another. Our final tournament was as thrilling golf as you could ever imagine, coming down to one shot and, unfortunately, we were on the wrong end this time. All in all, it was terrific effort (at the Georgetown Intercollegiate) and the guys played extremely well. Key victories over Campbell, Xavier, and Miami of Ohio will certainly help us as national rankings begin to take shape in November."
Leading the way for the Hoyas was Brian Dorfman (Greenwood Village, Colo./Cherry Creek), who posted two individual wins during the fall and posted a team-best 71.60 stroke average. He won the Maryland Intercollegiate with a 7-under par 206 in September to open the season and then won the first hole of a playoff to claim the title at the Bearcat Invitational with a 3-under par 210. In five events, Dorfman posted four top-10 finishes and had five rounds in the 60s. "Brian was spectacular this fall," Hunter said. "Not many Division I players can lay claim to two individual wins in a fall season."
Fellow senior, Taylor Hall (Roswell, Ga./Trinity Catholic) also enjoyed a solid fall, finishing third on the team in stroke average at 74.13, his career best so far. Hall closed out the season with two top-20 finishes in the final three events, tying for 17th at Xavier and finishing in a tie for 11th at the Georgetown Intercollegiate. "Taylor delivered some very key rounds for us," Hunter said, "and that was a big help for us."
Junior Curtis Loop (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) was second on the team with a 73.60 stroke average and posted one top-five finish and two among the top-20. He finished in fifth place at the Maryland Intercollegiate and closed out the fall with a tie for 13th at the Hoya event.
The Hoyas also received strong play from some younger players, as freshmen Greg Podufal (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) and Brian Tohir (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) both earned extensive playing time. Podufal, who tied for 11th place at the Georgetown Intercollegiate, finished third on the team with a 74.07 stroke average. Tohir played in four of five events and had a 78.42 average.
"In a few weeks, we will begin our off-season weight and conditioning program as we get prepared for the spring season," Hunter said. "After a solid start to the year, I know the guys are excited to get back out there and make a run."
Georgetown opens the spring season at the William & Mary Invitational, which will be held from March 25-27 at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va.