Fall Preview: Golf Looks to Bounce Back in 2019


Fordham Golf wants to take a step up from last year's campaign. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

By Chris Hennessy

After a disappointing 2018-19 campaign, the Fordham University golf team is looking to reload to improve on their last place finish in the A10 tournament.  Rising junior Dean Cerimido says, “… we have a group of new faces coming into the mix, and the lineup will look a little different than it has in prior years…”  Paul Dillion’s squad needs to improve after last year, when they did not place higher than T4th in a 7-team event. Their schedule looks similar to last year’s, with tournaments hosted by Central Connecticut State and University of Hartford kicking off the season in September.  Cerimido is confident that the team will make its presence known unlike last year, saying that the Rams look to be “consistent competitors in all events.” 

The key for this year’s Ram golf team will be the improvements of the younger players as they become more accustomed to playing at the collegiate level.  With three freshmen and three sophomores on the ten-man squad last year, lack of experience can certainly be cited as a reason for their struggles. In 2019, the team only has two spots from graduating seniors to fill, the only issue being one of those seniors was their best player, Josh Madarang.  It will be on players like Anthony Wells, Mithran Denbow and Aidan Denning as the lowest scoring underclassmen from last year to pick up the slack left by Madarang.   

The Fordham University golf team is looking to make significant improvements on last year’s rough season, and they will have to start the season strong to do so.  After tough tournaments at Central and Hartford, they matchup against Dartmouth, where they placed 11th out of twelve teams in 2018, and then to Yale, where they are coming off a dead last finish.  The other teams at these tournaments are looking to improve on last year just like the Rams, and they will have to rely on the scoring from the top to compete with previously superior teams. 

Fordham’s golf team is coming off a tough season, and is looking to improve, using new faces to the lineup, more experience under the belt of the underclassmen, and improving in the tournaments they played in last year.  These three keys will help Fordham golf to a successful season, with hopes of improving their A last place A10 status.