Men's Golf Joins Empire 8 Athletic Conference
Susquehanna University, Moravian College and The University of Scranton joined the Empire 8 Athletic Conference this fall as associate members in men’s golf. The three schools—all charter members of the Landmark Conference—will compete against full-time Empire 8 schools Elmira College, Nazareth College, St. John Fisher College, Stevens Institute of Technology and Utica College for an annual conference championship.
Alfred University, Hartwick College, Ithaca College and Rochester Institute of Technology are full-time Empire 8 members who do not sponsor men’s golf.
The 2009–10 Empire 8 men’s golf championship will be decided over two separate two-day events. The first two rounds were held Sept. 19 and 20 at Blue Heron Hills Country Club in Macedon, N.Y., where SU placed second as a team. Mitch Mercer ’10, of Wexford, Pa., an NCAA Division III PING All-American last season, finished first individually by an impressive eight strokes.
The final two rounds of the championship will be hosted by SU at Susquehanna Valley Country Club in Hummels Wharf, Pa., on April 17 and 18. The team and individual champions will have the lowest combined 72-hole scores.
With the addition of the three new schools, the Empire 8 men’s golf champion will receive an automatic invitation to the Division III championships, starting with the 2011 12 season. “Joining the Empire 8 allows Susquehanna to re-establish itself nationally in men’s golf,” says head coach Don Harnum, who served as Susquehanna’s director of athletics for 24 years.
“Giving our student-athletes the opportunity to compete for championships every year is crucial to the positive experience of our program,” he says.
Every varsity sports team at Susquehanna is now affiliated with a Division III conference. SU football is an associate member of the Liberty League and, beginning in 2010, will also compete in the Centennial Conference. Women’s golf already competes in the Centennial Conference, while all other SU teams compete in the Landmark.
Contributing writers to Scoreboard are Robert Edward Healy III, Kelly Stemcosky ’11 and Justin Lutes.