Owens Community College golf made its 2009 season debut at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Invitational on April 3.
The Express have three players returning from last year’s conference championship team, including Jimmy Bell (Rossford). In 2008, the sophomore earned First Team OCCAC All-Conference honors and compiled a 77.1 scoring average.
Guerrero’s squad also returns Andrew Biggert (Oak Harbor) and Jacob Williams (Fostoria St. Wendelin). In 2008, Biggert, a sophomore, completed the golf season with an 80.0 scoring average, while Williams, also a sophomore, compiled an 80.3 scoring average for the Express.
Grand Rapids CC won the Kalamazoo Valley Invite with score of 301. Owens shot a 321 and defeated Alpena, Ancilla, Glen Oaks, Kalamazoo Valley, Kirtland, Muskegon, and Trine JV.
On April 4, Owens finished second at the Marion Invitational The Ohio State-Marion A team won with a score of 317. Owens shot 322 and defeated Kent State-Tuscarawas, OSU-Marion B,C, Ohio University-Chillicothe, OSU-Lima, OU-Lancaster, OU-Zanesville, and Wright State-Lake Campus. A meet scheduled for April 6 was canceled
Owens’ home intercollegiate golf events will occur at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg. Owens’ golf program is guided by third-year Head Coach Gil Guerrero. His Assistant Coach is former Express golf student-athlete Josh Williams.
The Express golf team this past year made its second trip to the NJCAA Division II National Championships, finishing 10th in the tournament. In addition, Owens captured six match and invitational titles during the season, highlighted by its second consecutive first-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championship Invitational.
The program also won its second NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after rounds of 294-302 (596) at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg and finished second at the NJCAA Region XII Championships at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, Mich., after rounds of 300-300-304 (904). Additionally, Owens was ranked No. 14 in the final regular season NJCAA Division II poll.
“Our golf team is extremely young as we lost five outstanding student-athletes from last year’s conference championship squad,” stated Guerrero. “I am expecting our veterans to play a significant role in providing leadership and guidance for the incoming class of student-athletes. Each individual will certainly play a crucial role in our team’s success.”
Guerrero added, “Even though we are young and inexperienced at the collegiate level, our goal remains the same as previous years, which is to bring home another conference title and advance to the national championship tournament.”
First-year players to the Express golf program are Chris Flynn (St. John’s Jesuit), Jordan Kalmbach (Erie Mason, Mich.), Mike Kistler (Fremont St. Joe), Jarrod Maneval (Liberty Center ), Jared Radabaugh (Liberty-Benton) and Adam Schmitz (Carey).