WAYNESBURG, Pa. (Feb. 20)
– The Waynesburg University men's and women's golf teams begin their first year under the direction of new head coach Luis Almeida.
Almeida comes to Waynesburg as a native of Brazil. He is a multiple tournament winner in South America and played on the Brazilian National Team in 1991. At age 17, Almeida also was a three-time Carioca Cup winner in the state-wide tournament in Rio de Janeiro, winning the event twice.
He represented Rio de Janeiro and Brazil in the Chase Manhattan Cup and won the first category, taking fourth overall.
Almeida is also a successful private coach, with two of his former students having played for Stanford and Mississippi State, respectively. He uses mental coaching to suggest the importance of and expertise in the short game.
“As long as I am here, the players will learn golf basics, how to think about golf, understand golf theory, etiquette and, of course, how to hit unusual shots.” Almeida said.
The Jacket men will be led by senior Tommy Rohanna. At the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Fall Men's Golf Invitational this past September, Rohanna led the Yellow Jackets by firing a two-day score of 145 (72-73), which placed him in a tie for fourth place.
Also back are junior Josh Mollica, sophomore Mike Quinn, sophomore Anthony Monahan, senior Zach Van Camp, senior Sean Call and junior Ryan Work. The Jacket men also welcome a new member to their team in first-year junior Ryan Beabout.
“I expect the team to improve significantly from the scores we had this past fall,” Almeida said. “We are working hard on golf mechanics, stretches, and golf workouts to reduce injuries to a minimum. In life there are no guarantees, just opportunities.”
On the women's side, the Jackets will be small, with just two members on the team, including first-year junior Rachel Phillips.
The 2009 season gets underway on March 30, when the Jackets travel to the New Castle Country Club to take part in the Titan Invitational, which will be hosted by Westminster College.