The Manhattan College turnover started in spring ‘14 when it said goodbye to seniors Chris Calabro, its captain; Paul Toohey; and Jonathan Feuer. Veteran leadership responsibilities were automatically handed down to Mike Giannico, James Edgeworth and Ross Ketner. They were set to be role-models to the incoming freshman class of Ryan Lynch, Johnny Schob, Charles Seward and Jonny Slater.
The following spring, Manhattan added Jon Keyes, a Coastel Carolina transfer. He helped lead the team to a seventh place finish in the MAAC championship tournament. A more noticeable change came a week later: Jerry Wood, head golf coach of four years, announced his retirement.
Wood declined to comment on his decision to retire, how well off he thinks he left the team and his thoughts on how the MAAC will shape-out this season.
Entering the 2014-15 season, the Manhattan College men’s golf team should feel good about themselves. They came within just a few strokes short of capturing its first ever Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title last season, and hope to carry the momentum to this season.
That’s not to say this team is a lock to win or even compete for this year’s MAAC. Something that cannot be overlooked is the loss of three seniors from last season’s team, three of its best players: Chris Calabro, Jonathan Feuer and Paul Toohey.
It was a golf season full of inconsistencies for the Manhattan Jaspers until the end when the Jaspers were a mere four strokes shy of winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title.
Captain Chris Calabro liked the effort the team gave, but it wasn’t enough to win the MAAC championship.
“We collectively didn’t put it all together in the final round,” said Calabro. “We were close but we just fell short.”
Paul Toohey lines up at the Puerto Rico 12th green championship course. Photo courtesy of Toohey.
If the Manhattan golf team needs an edge this week at MAAC championships, they know exactly where to look.
It’ll yet again look toward one of their sophomore golfers, James Edgeworth, who last year showcased his abilities on the golf course at the tournament. He does his thing on the green without ever considering himself amongst the best players on the team, and couldn’t care less if he was.
But his even keel can’t keep him away from the mental game golf plays on the player.
“His temperament is pretty consistent, but he can be down on himself at times,” Manhattan golf head coach Jerry Wood said. “He can play either really well or just nothing. He’s definitely a little bipolar as far as his ability to stay in or get lost in the rounds. It’s improving. In the past he got pretty negative of himself in a game he couldn’t find his swing. He’s progressing in that category in a pretty good way.”
Manhattan College golf will look to their three senior captains Chris Calabro, Jonathan Feuer and Paul Toohey to right the fall part of their season’s inconsistencies.
“A key theme I think is the three seniors who should carry a little of their experience over their four years of playing through college golf,” Head Coach Jerry Wood said. “That will help the team at the right time with it. And show some leadership both in scoring and just basically around the golf course with course management.”