Hawks Compete in AMCC Golf Championship

Hourihan totals team low for two day competition
Release Date:
October 6, 2009
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BLAIRSVILLE, PA - Over the weekend, the Hilbert Golf team traveled to Pennsylvania where they competed in the Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) championship at Tom’s Run at Chestnut Ridge golf course located in Blairsville, PA. After a two-day, two-round competition, Penn State Behrend ended up winning the championship over the defending champion Penn St. Altoona by the narrowest of margins to win the 2009 AMCC men's golf championship.  Both teams finished with a team score of 617; the first tiebreak criteria is the score of the #5 golfer, and that was the only criteria needed to decide the title.  Behrend Lions senior Pat Petraglia (Pittsburgh, PA/ Chartiers Valley HS) was the medalist, carding a 150 for the two day event. With the title, the Behrend Lions also receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament, to be played in Hershey, PA in May.   The Hawks nabbed an 8th place finish among the nine teams that participated with their overall score of 731. 

Competing for the Hawks at the championship were senior Brian Rathke (Buffalo, NY/ Bishop Timon – St. Jude), freshman Tim Hourihan (West Seneca, NY/ St. Francis), senior Ian Frost (Cherry Creek, NY/Pine Valley), freshman James Costianes (Hamburg, NY/ Frontier), and freshman Shane Olivieri (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg).
On the first day of competition Rathke shot an 86 which was a team best for that day.   “Brian had an outstanding collegiate career for the Hilbert Golf program. He was always our number one or number two golfer throughout his career,” said Coach Richard Walsh. “More importantly he was always a gentleman on and off the course.”
Tim Hourihan, Ian Frost and Shane Olivieri shot a few strokes over Rathke on the first day scoring a 92, 91 and 94 respectively. Costianes scored a 101 in the first round.
The second day of competition found Tim Hourihan as the team leader for round two shooting an 86. Rathke and Frost shot a 93 while Costianes and Olivieri came in a few strokes behind at 96 and 97.
Hourihan was the overall low for the Hawks totaling 178 for the two-day tournament placing him 21st out of 45 golfers.
“We played a little bit below our expectations at the AMCC championship” said Coach Walsh. “Costianes and Olivieri were able to gain a lot of experience as first year team members. They bring a lot of potential to the future of the Hilbert golf program.”
The Hawks may play another match or two this fall or in the spring of 2010.

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.