Men’s Golf Skyline Conference Championship Preview
The Skyline Conference Men's Golf Championship will be held at
Bethpage State Park - Red Course on Sunday, October 26th and
Monday, October 27th. It is a 36-hole event, in which the winner
receives and automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships
being held at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida from May
Farmingdale State won the conference and played at the national tournament in 2006. The Rams were the first Skyline Conference team to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA's. Farmingdale would not repeat as champions in 2007 as they were defeated by St. Joseph’s College.
The Rams have high expectations in 2008 combining five returning players, talented transfers and freshmen. Farmingdale is led by Matt Livolsi who is playing his first season on the team. Livolsi transferred to Farmingdale State from Nassau Community College, where his team won two National Championships. Matt was named First Team JUCO All-American in 2008. To date, Matt's stroke average is 79.2, with team low scores of 73 (+2) and 74 (+3).
Masanao Maruyama returns for his second season since transferring from Kapiolani Junior College in Hawaii. He played well his rookie season with a stroke average of 81.2 throughout the Spring 2008 semester. Chris Arnold, a transfer from Coastal Carolina, is playing his first season on the team. Joe Russo, Larry Hipp and Donald Wimmer are returning players who have helped lead the team to their early season success.
The Skyline Conference has five teams participating in the men's golf championships. St. Joseph's College will be looking to repeat as champions and are led by junior captain Christopher Manzello. Chris set the all-time St. Joe's individual scoring record earlier this season, shooting a one-over par 73 at Bethpage State Park Blue Course. Manzello and sophomore Charlie Essig are the only two returning players for St. Joe’s
Competing along with host Farmingdale State and St. Joseph's are Yeshiva University, Polytechnic University and first year program SUNY Old Westbury. In 2009, Russell Sage and Purchase College will be participating in the Skyline Conference Men’s Golf Championship.