GW Golf Enters New Era in 2013-14 Under Coach Scheinost
First-Year Head Coach Brings Cerebral Approach to Colonials' Nine-Man Roster
Sept. 13, 2013
The George Washington golf program, with roots that trace back to the 1920s, will begin a new era in 2013-14 with new Head Coach Chuck Scheinost assuming the reins for the Colonials.
Coach Scheinost brings to GW a cerebral approach to the game that proved successful during a decade growing the programs at Northern Colorado and Northern Illinois.
"We're really working mentally on staying in the game the whole time," said Coach Scheinost. "Understanding where you are on the golf course, understanding where the holes are that you can attack, where the holes are that you can't attack and how to go about playing them. It's going to be a fun year of going through that and get our guys to buy into that."
In line with taking a more mental approach, Coach Scheinost and new assistant coach Eddie Newland have instituted tournament prep sessions. "One of the things we talk about with our guys is being prepared," added Coach Scheinost. "We'll look at flyovers of the golf course, draw up yardage books using Google Earth with specific yardages to targets and to fly targets. I think that's a huge thing because it's almost like getting an extra practice round, and I think it'll pay dividends this year."
Bolstered by a young, talented roster, Coach Scheinost will look to add to the more than eight decades of tradition for GW Golf, which counts four conference titles to its storied past with three straight Southern Conference crowns from 1957-59 and its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship in 2012.
The Colonials' nine-player roster for 2013-14 features seven returners from a team that steadily improved through the season en route to a sixth-place showing at the last year's Atlantic 10 Championship.
"It's going to be an exciting year, I think everyone has potential on this team," said Coach Scheinost. "We've got to start growing that, and the biggest thing comes from putting the ball in play off the tee. Put the ball in play off the tee, give yourself an opportunity to hit the green, and give yourself a chance at a birdie putt."
Leading the list of returners is junior Jack Persons, who was named Most Valuable Player with a team-low 75.3 scoring average and three top-20 finishes last season. A three-time A-10 Rookie of the Week in 2011-12, Persons has enjoyed flashes of brilliance, both at GW, with a team-best 13 rounds of par or better the last two seasons, as well as personally, by nearly qualifying for the 2013 U.S. Amateur.
"Jack has tremendous potential to be an outstanding player and I expect a lot good things out of him," said Coach Scheinost. "He's a fighter, he's a competitor and wants to be successful. We've got to really push him to take his game to the next level, which I think it can go to."
Sophomore Steve Piela is back after posting a strong finish to his debut season with a pair of top-20 showings last March and a tie for 22nd at the A-10 Championship. Junior Jonathan Dresnick enjoyed a solid offseason, qualifying for the prestigious Colorado Open and playing in a U.S. Amateur local qualifier in July in preparation for the 2013-14 campaign.
"I've been very impressed by the focus Graham and Benton are bringing to practice and qualifying, and wanting to make an impact this year and make their senior seasons memorable," said Coach Scheinost.
The Colonials will also have one of the D.C. Metro area's top players and a decorated rookie from south Florida in their rotation for the upcoming season as freshmen Lucas Farmer and Michael Heda join the program. Farmer was named Prince George's County Golfer of the Year by The Gazette in both 2012 and 2013 during his final two seasons at DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Md., while Heda posted an 18-hole scoring average of 73.6 and was a four-time All-Broward County selection during his four scholastic seasons at Cypress Bay High School.
I was very impressed by Lucas, he came out swinging right out of the gate and pushed some of the upperclassmen. I'm excited to see where his game can go," said Coach Scheinost. "It's always exciting to see the freshmen push the upperclassmen a little bit. In order for us to be successful, everyone has to be pushing everyone."