D&E golf team to open season

A strong fall campaign has put the Davis &?Elkins College golf team in prime position to make another postseason run this spring.

The Senators came out of the fall ranked third in the Eastern Regionals. The top 10 teams in the region, which includes schools from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Virginia, advance to Super Regional competition.

D&E competed in the Super Regional last spring, coming one stroke from qualifying for the Division II National tourney.

“It was a tough one to take,” D&E coach Wally Edgell said. “We came so close last year and fell just short (of Nationals).

“Last year we finished eighth or ninth in the regional, so we’ve really jumped up this year. We just need to keep playing consistent and not have any letdowns.”

The Senators’ top four golfers hail from outside the United States.

Sabastian Bendsen, from Denmark, led the squad in the fall with an average of 74, while Chris Young, from Scotland, and Phil Rutherford and Cameron Buist, both from England, carded 75s.

“Those guys were all consistent for us in the fall,” D&E coach Wally Edgell said. “We’re hoping that trend will continue during the spring season.”

Bendsen and Buist’s combined average score is 12th in the nation in the freshman impact ranking

The remainder of the roster includes Liam Ainsworth (Ruislip, UK), Jordan Ours (Moorefield), Fred Roby (Petersburg), Zach Wardle (Elkins), Ethan Slaubaugh (Tucker County) and Josh Taylor (Crescent, Pa.).

D&E will open the season Saturday at the Ohio Valley University tournament in Marietta, Ohio.

“The guys are ready to get out and play,”?Edgell said. “The key for us will be consistency. When you play in tournaments and finish second, third or fourth each time, those points add up at the end of the season.”