Two Owls to compete in US Open Sectional Qualifier

Temple freshman Brandon Matthews and 1987 Temple graduate Geoff Sisk will tee off at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. with a chance to qualify for the 2013 U.S Open.

There are three spots remaining in the U.S. Open field, which will be held just a short commute away from North Broad Street at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. from June 10 to 16.

Matthews made several headlines throughout his terrific freshman campaign in 2012-13. The DuPont, Pa. native positioned himself as the Owls’ No. 1 golfer moving forward, finishing second in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.

Matthews also claimed All-Conference honors and nabbed the A-10 Rookie of the Year Award.

During his tenure at Temple, Sisk was a four-time honorable mention All-American and turned pro in 1988, one calendar year after earning his degree.

Sisk has played in six U.S. Opens, most recently in 2011. He will look to advance to his seventh after shooting a 68 to qualify for today’s round.

Pair of athletes receive regional honors

Paige O’Sullivan

Although her four-year stint with the women’s rowing team is now complete, newly graduated Paige O’Sullivan continues to be recognized as an outstanding student-athlete. Temple announced yesterday that O’Sullivan was named to the second team all-Mid-Atlantic Region by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, just a few weeks after the Somers Point, N.J. native was awarded first team A-10 All-Conference.

O’Sullivan, who recently received her bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, was also the winner of the 2013 John Noisette Award—One that is presented to a Temple student each year for leadership and innovation in the therapeutic recreation field.

Additionally, last month, O’Sullivan was honored with the Temple Teammates Community Service Award for the second straight year at the university’s Breakfast of Champions.

Brandon Matthews

Freshman Brandon Matthews has been named as one of the 25 golfers selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America to be a part of the NCAA Division I PING all-Northeast Region team.

In what turned out to be a stellar rookie season with Temple, Matthews’ 72.27 stroke average was the lowest among all Atlantic 10 Conference golfers. He placed second at the A-10 Championship, earning All-Conference honors in addition to being recognized as A-10 Rookie of the Year.


Matthews in contention at Wildcat Invitational

Freshman Brandon Matthews finds himself in contention for an individual title once again after completion of the first day of play at the Wildcat Invitational held in Malvern, PA.

The freshman’s 36-hole total of two-over-par leaves him in fourth place individually, six strokes behind University of Delaware freshman Braden Shattuck who paced the individual field with a 36-hole total of 140. Matthew’s started the day off hot firing a three-under-par score of 69 on his first 18 holes. He then cooled off shooting a five-over-par score of 77 on his second 18 holes.

As a team the Owls find themselves in sixth place out of 13 teams in the event. Behind Matthews the Owls were led by senior Devin Bibeau who finished with a 36-hole total of 151 (+7) and sophomore Paul Carbone who finished with 155 (+11). Junior Matthew Crescenzo and sophomore Matthew Teesdale rounded out the Owls with scores of 157 (+13) and 160 (+16) respectively.

Temple finished the day with a team total of 604 and trails team-leader Rhode Island by just nine shots. With six teams being within nine-shots of the leader the second-day of play at the Wildcat Invitational is sure to be unpredictable, especially with temperatures expected to be around 10 degrees lower than they were Monday during round one.

Golf concludes fall play at Barnabas Health Intercollegiate

The golf team wrapped up their fall season with a third-place finish at the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate at Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, N.J., from Sunday, Oct. 21 to Monday, Oct. 22.

The Owls saw some different names at the top of their leaderboard as sophomore Paul Carbone posted a four-over par score of 146 at the par-71 course. Carbone’s score was good for a tie of third place and was his best showing of the fall. Following Carbone was junior Matthew Crescenzo who had a total score of 148 after shooting an even-par 71 the first day and holding the individual lead. Crescenzo ended up tied for ninth. Four-time Atlantic Ten Conference Rookie of the Week Brandon Matthews struggled in his final tournament of the fall shooting a seven over score of 149, he tied for 12th. Senior Devin Bibeau rounded out the scoring with a 12-over par score which was good for a 24th place tie.

The Owls will now look forward to the spring season where they will look to put together some more consistent scoring from top to bottom. They will also welcome Montgomery County Community College transfer Matt Teesdale to the lineup.

-Anthony Bellino

Golf competes in Big 5 Invitational

Today is the day the Temple golf roster has waited for as the Owls set to compete in the Big 5 Invitational.

The Owls along with 18 other teams, will battle it out at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Coach Brian Quinn’s starting lineup features the four players who have played each tournament in senior Devin Bibeau, sophomore Brandon Matthews, junior Matt Crescenzo, and sophomore Paul Carbone.

Earlier in the week Quinn said that sophomore Conor Dunne had the inside track at being the No. 5 starter, however, junior Russell Hartung has been penciled in there for this weekend. Quinn was not immediately available for contact on the change.

While Temple has had some excellent individual performances this season they have struggled to put together a full team effort, and with Philmont being a de facto home course, now seems like the ideal time for the Owls to get to the level their coach knows they have the potential reach.

-Anthony Bellino

Golf season opens with Navy Invitational

The golf team opens up their fall season today with the Navy Invitational held at the United States Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis, Md.

Coach Brian Quinn said he’s excited to see his team perform under the pressure of a real tournament rather than just in practice rounds.

“I think we should be in good shape, I’m curious to see how we’re going to do being a late entry into this tournament,” Quinn said.

Senior Devin Bibeau has high goals set not only for himself, but for his team this weekend. Bibeau is the lone senior on the team and will be relied on to consistently put together low rounds while the younger talent develops.

“I’m hitting the ball well, I would love to win the tournament or at least finish high in the standings to start off the year on a good note,” Bibeau said. “The team is playing really well, nothing is stopping us from finishing high, with the day off for Labor Day we got some extra practice and hopefully we could all play to the level we are capable of.”

This weekend will be the first of many tests for the young Owls squad. The starting five golfers for the Owls this week will be Bibeau, junior Matt Crescenzo, sophomores Paul Carbone and Mike Amole and freshman Brandon Matthews.

-Anthony Bellino

Golf season begins with Navy Invitational

The golf team will begin play this weekend at the Navy Invitational held at the United States Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis, Md., per the team schedule released Thursday.

The Owls will play in six tournaments spanning from Sept. 8 until Oct 22. They will close the fall at the St. Barnabas Health Intercollegiate at Fairmont Country Club in Chatham, N.J., a tournament where sophomore Paul Carbone was a co-medalist as a freshman.

In that range the marquee event will be the Big 5 Invitational held at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pa. Huntingdon Valley is the hometown of two golfers on the Temple roster, Carbone and sophomore Mike Amole.

-Anthony Bellino

Golf led by top recruits

Golf coach Brian Quinn is excited.

His reason? The Owls are entering the 2012-13 season with a roster full of talent of a quality the program has never seen before.

“This is the best recruiting class in the history of Temple golf,” Quinn said.

The recruiting class is led by incoming freshman and 2010 Pennsylvania State Golf Champion Brandon Matthews from Pittston Area High School. Matthews has won junior tournaments across Pennsylvania and is figured to factor into the lineup immediately. Joining Matthews is fellow newcomer Mike Teesdale  a community college transfer that really has Quinn excited.

“[Teesdale] is a very good golfer,” Quinn said. “It is great that we are going to get three years of playing from him.”

The recruits aren’t the only thing that Quinn is excited about. He is returning two of his most important players from last season in sophomore Paul Carbone and senior Devin Bibeau.

“[Carbone] could be very good, he has a ton of potential. I’m expecting him to work harder and really improve a lot this season,” Quinn said.

Quinn sees Bibeau as the leader of the group, and he will be expected to carry load as not only the No. 1 player on the team, but the mentor to this young squad.

“[Bibeau] is the best player on our team right now,” Quinn said. “He needs to be a leader for the younger guys and play the best golf he could for us to be successful this season.”

The golf team will begin their season on Sept. 16 at The McLaughlin and they will finish their fall campaign on October 16 at the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate.

-Anthony Bellino