2004 Season Outlook

Clinton Anderson

Clinton Anderson was first-team All NCAC in 2003.

The Wittenberg University men's golf team may be poised for a breakthrough in the rugged North Coast Athletic Conference. With a 10-man roster stocked with talent and experience, thanks in part to the return of five letterwinners and the addition of four standout freshmen, the Tigers are shooting for their first NCAA Division III Tournament berth since 1991.

Leading the charge is junior Andy Bonar (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster), who has earned All-NCAC honors in each of his first two seasons in the Red & White. Bonar has led the team in scoring average each of the last two years.

Senior Adam Knowlton (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) is expected to join Bonar at the top of the lineup again in 2004. A three-year letterwinner, Knowlton has shown steady improvement during his collegiate career, posting a career-best 76 in the fall 2003 season. He has his sights set on attaining his first all-conference recognition.

Next are three outstanding sophomores who gained valuable experience and scored extremely well in 2002-03. Dane Sandridge (Westfield Center, Ohio/Cloverleaf), Kristopher Schmelzer (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) and Clinton Anderson (Mechanicsburg, Ohio/Mechanicsburg) all posted scoring averages between 80 and 81 in their inaugural collegiate campaigns, hopefully setting the stage for some great things during their careers. Anderson came on particularly strong at the NCAC Tournament, earning first-team all-conference with his best scores of the season.

The rest of the roster is comprised of four talented freshmen and sophomore Mark Sanders (Hamilton, Ohio/Badin), who missed last season due to an injury. The first-year players are Scott Aker (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee), Corey Alshouse (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake), Chuck Domenie (Old Saybrook, Conn./St. Xavier) and Andy Heskett (Springfield, Ohio/Kenton Ridge). Aker is the reigning Springfield City Amateur champion.