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SEASON RECAP: Individual Milestones Highlight Men’s Golf Young Season

Wheeling, W. Va. – Entering the 2021-2022 season, the Wheeling University Men’s Golf team knew they had a young team on their hands. With all but two of their golfers being either freshmen or sophomores, the Cardinals had the talent, but were looking to gain experience as they went out on the course. As the year went on, each golfer improved their game with every invitational, and it ended with the first trip to the NCAA Regional Tournament by a representative of the team since 2018.

With youth on their side, the Cardinals went with a heavy fall schedule that included four invitationals against top conference and regional opponents before they Fall Mountain East Conference (MEC) Championships. The year began at the Cal-U Vulcan invitational and, although the team finished 17th, it was a good starting point for the players. They had three players shoot under the 250 mark for the three-day event, including freshman Blake Ring Fish as they embarked on the 2021 Fall portion of their schedule.

After posting a 14th place finish at the Charleston Invitational, injuries hampered the men’s team throughout the fall and as a result, they did not post a team score in either of their final two fall events. However, they got healthy again and were able to field a five-man team for the 2022 MEC Men’s Golf Championship. They finished 8th out of the 12-team field but were able to send sophomore yadhu urs to the final round on day three. Urs finished tied for ninth in the field and spring boarded himself into what would turn out to be a strong spring campaign.

The Cardinals would compete in three spring events, with the biggest one being the 2022 MEC Spring Classic. They once again picked up an eighth-place finish but had three of their five golfers crack the top 50 in the tournament. Urs once again led the way and was named an All-MEC First team golfer for the first time in his collegiate career. The Cardinals ended the fall at the Oglebay Invitational, finishing 11th out of 12 teams while being led by Urs and fellow sophomore austin panhorst. It would take a few more weeks, but the Cardinals found out their season would continue when sophomore yadhu urs was named a qualifier for the NCAA Atlantic Regional Championship in Victor, New York.

Urs was the first Cardinal to make the Regional Championship since former Cardinal Eric Dargis qualified back in 2018. Urs had a strong showing, shooting even par on day one and following it up with a –1 on day two to tie him for second in the field. Unfortunately, Urs would end the tournament with a 77 on the final day and just fell out of contention to become the first Wheeling University Men’s Golfer to ever make the NCAA National Championship.

Despite just falling short, it was still a great year for the sophomore as he finished in the top 15 in the region while earning All-MEC First team honors. He had an average round score of just over 74 for the season and was consistently right around par at every event. Over his first two seasons with the Wheeling Men’s Golf program, he has been one of the most consistent performers and grew on the course with every event he competes at.

Another rising star for the Cardinals was a freshman Blake Ring Fish, who was competing in his first collegiate season. He got started strong, shooting in the mid-80’s right from the start and had a few performances where he shot in the upper 70’s. In his final event of the year, he finished with scores of 82, 82, and 87 as he continued to grow during the off-season.

The Wheeling Men’s Golf team now has a year of experience under their belt and looks to grow on that experience this off-season.

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