PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College golf will make its 2013 season debut at the MGM Sports National Invitational, March 5-7. The non-conference invitational will take place at the Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Express will compete against St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Elizabethtown College and Marywood University.
Owens’ home intercollegiate golf events will occur at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg.
Owens’ golf program is guided by first-year Head Coach Josh Williams. Express Assistant Coaches are Chris Hummer and Ryan Brown. The Express golf team captured and/or finished tied for four match and invitational titles during the season, highlighted by a third-place finish in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championship Invitational. The program also finished second in the NJCAA Region XII Sub-Regional championship after a round of 316 at Belmont Country Club in Perrysburg. Additionally, Owens placed fourth in the NJCAA Region XII Golf Championship.
“I am extremely pleased with the progress that this team has made since the start of the year,” said Williams. “We have a great group of student-athletes who push each other to get better every day. They want to succeed and become a championship-caliber team.”
The golf program has three players returning from last year’s team, including Luke Berger of Temperance, Mich. (Bedford H.S.), Darren Gessner of Okolona (Napoleon H.S) and Walter Dorosh of Pinckney, Mich. (Pinckney H.S.).
In 2012, Berger, a sophomore, finished tied for 32nd at the NJCAA Division II National Championships after shooting a total score of 305 (77-74-79-75) over four rounds. His postseason honors included First Team OCCAC All-Conference and NJCAA All-Region XII Team. Berger, also an OCCAC All-Academic selection, compiled a 78 scoring average. Gessner is a sophomore and earned Second Team OCCAC All-Conference honors. He compiled a 77 scoring average last year. Also a sophomore, Dorosh compiled a 79 scoring average for the Express.
First-year players to the Express golf program are Timothy Dawkins of Big Rapids, Mich. (Big Rapids H.S.), Jason Glass of Whitehouse (Anthony Wayne H.S.), Brandon Hoelzer of Fremont (Fremont Ross H.S.), Blaze Hogan of Big Rapids, Mich. (Big Rapids H.S.), Alex Roberts of Fostoria (Fostoria H.S.) and Riley Robinson of Monroe, Mich. (St. Mary Catholic Central H.S.).
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.