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Golf Wins AMCC Championship

Altoona, Pa. — It took almost 20 years for golf to return to Frostburg State University as a varsity sport. It took just two for the Bobcats to win the Allegheny Mountain Conference Championship, as the Red & Black shot a 316 to claim the AMCC title Sunday at Sinking Valley Country Club.

After sponsoring men’s golf from 1958 to 1975, FSU dropped the sport until reinstating it as a co-ed program last fall.

Maplehurst Country Club pro Rick Flowers was hired as the head coach and immediately turned the Bobcats into a competitive unit, finishing seventh at last year’s AMCC Championship with a 331 as well as an impressive third at the ECAC South Region Qualifier with a 309.

Sunday, Frostburg State’s 316 was good enough to edge defending AMCC champion Penn State Behrend and Pitt-Bradford, which both shot 320 (Penn State Behrend won on a card-off at the fifth spot).

Penn State Altoona was fourth with a 324 and Medaille took fifth with a 338. Mt. Aloysius, Pitt-Greensburg and La Roche tied for sixth with a 343, and Lake Erie and Hilbert posted a 362 to tie for 10th.

Freshman Ian Estabrook (Kensington, Md./Einstein) led the Bobcats with a 76 and finished as the individual runner-up after being edged by Medaille’s Aaron Jantzi in a four-hole playoff.

The two were tied with Penn State Altoona’s Quintin Dziabo after 18 holes and remained deadlocked after three playoff holes before Jantzi clinched medalist honors on the fourth hole.

Estabrook earned first-team All-AMCC honors along with junior Ian Umphrey (Huntingtown, Md./Calvert), who shot a 78 to tie for fifth.

Junior James Avampato (Havre De Grace, Md./Aberdeen (Lees-McRae)) and sophomore Mike Alahouzos (Silver Spring, Md./James Hubert Blake (Montgomery CC)) both shot an 81, while sophomore Jon Stepanuk (Prince Frederick, Md./Calverton School) added a 96.

The Bobcats return to action at the ECAC South Championship to be held Monday, October 17 at Wildwood Golf Club in Allison Park, Pa. The 36-hole championship will start at 8 am.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780