HC Golf Season Underway: 2005 Preview

Release Date:
September 15, 2005
The Office of Sports Information
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HAMBURG, NY – The 2005 Hilbert College golf team began play this fall with an ambitious schedule that takes the Hawks to courses in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and upstate, New York. Hawks coach Richard Walsh is optimistic about his young team’s ability to be competitive in preparation for the upcoming Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Championship on October 9th.

“We are playing a few more matches on some new courses this fall with a goal of being ready for the conference championship at Sinking Valley Country Club in Altoona, PA”, stated Walsh. The 2004 Hawks finished the season with a ninth place finish and already Walsh has raised the bar for this fall’s squad.

“Our goal is to be one of the top seven teams’ in our conference, and place at least one golfer in the top 10 individually”, commented Walsh.

Leading the 2005 team will be junior Glen Ufland (Buffalo, NY/Bishop Timon) along with fellow returnees Bill Sporney (West Seneca, NY/Bishop Timon) and Jacob Bickelman (East Aurora, NY/Iroquois). Newcomers Simon Ragona (Gowanda, NY/Gowanda) and Brett Kettle (Irving, NY/Silver Creek) are quality players that should make the Hawks more competitive this season.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.