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VanHouse Wins Empire 8 Award; Aids Tournament Titler

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Elmira College's Jake VanHouse '23 was announced as the first Empire 8 Conference Men's Golf Player of the Week of the 2019-20 season on Monday afternoon following an excellent performance at the 16th annual Pitt-Bradford Invitational.

VanHouse, a freshman from Ogdensburg, New York, was EC's top finisher in the season-opening tournament. The former Ogdensburg Free Academy standout and reigning Section X champion began his collegiate career by carding a 9-over 79 at the Pennhills Club on Saturday afternoon. VanHouse was one of seven players to tie for 18th place out of 79 participants.

It was a memorable debut for the EC rookie, as VanHouse's 79 is the lowest single-round score by a freshman in his first appearance since Brandon Payne '17 fired a 77 (+6) in the opening round of the 2013 Empire 8 Fall Championships. Additionally, VanHouse is the first Elmira freshman since Payne did so in the spring of 2014 to collect Player of the Week accolades from the E8.


COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- For the first time since the 2014-15 season, the Elmira College men's golf team claimed the top spot at a tournament, as the Soaring Eagles turned in a first-place finish at the SUNY Cobleskill Jug Classic on Friday afternoon in Cobleskill, New York.

After finishing third in last year's rendition of the competition, the Soaring Eagles turned in a masterful performance at the Cobleskill Golf and Country Club, finishing with a team score of 323 (+43). Junior Matt McGaugh '21 led the charge for the Soaring Eagles, as he birdied the par-four 15th en route to carding a 79 (+9). Rookie linksman Jake VanHouse '23 was not far off of McGaugh's pace, as the Ogdensburg, New York, native posted two birdies to finish one stroke behind his teammate with an 80 (+10).

Christian Lloyd '20 shaved seven strokes off his score from his first round with the Soaring Eagles, posting an 81 (+11). Henry Cleveland '20, Derek Countryman '23, and Alex Crysler '21 rounded out the Purple and Gold's scoring with scores of 83 (+13), 85 (+15) and 87 (+17), respectively.

In his own words...

Head Coach Mike Zannella on the team earning a victory early in the season...

"Our coaching staff couldn't be happier for our guys," said Zannella. "They've been working extremely hard on-and-off of the course. It's great to see their hard work pay off early in the season. I'm looking forward to seeing them continue to build and improve the rest of the season."

News and Notes

The Soaring Eagles claimed their first tournament title since 2014 when they were the best of seven teams at the Utica College Fall Invitational.

Elmira's score of 323 (+43) was 11 strokes better than second-place Keuka (334 (+54)).

McGaugh's tie for third is the best finish of his career while his score of 79 (+9) is tied for the fourth-lowest round of his career.

McGaugh shaved one stroke off his score from last season's Jug Classic when he shot an 80 (+10)

VanHouse has registered scorecards of 80 or below in both of Elmira's competitions to start the season.

Countryman made his collegiate debut for the Soaring Eagles.

Ogdensburg's Jake VanHouse is off to a great start in his college career at Elmira College and was honored earlier in the week as the Empire 8 Golfer of the Week.


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