June 10, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - The 2007-08 season saw the Saint Joseph's golf team steadily improve as the year went on, culminating in an eighth place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship, with freshman Josh Webb earning All-Conference honors.
The Hawks started out the season at the Navy Invitational, attempting to see who would be the leaders for SJU this season. Sophomore Zach Smith led the charge in the opening tournament, tying for 46th as Saint Joseph's placed 15th.
Senior Colin Corrigan posted his first of two top-20 finishes at the Cleveland State Invitational, while Smith tied for 12th at the Mission Inn Classic two weeks later.
Competing locally at the Penn/Big 5 Classic, it was junior Steve Hudacek who led the way for Saint Joseph's, finishing tied for 30th, with the Hawks placing 12th overall.
Smith led the charge for Saint Joseph's in the final two matches of the season, helping the Hawks to an eighth-place tie at the Georgetown Hoya Invitational and a tie for 19th at the Old Dominion/Seascape Inviational. Smith carded a season-best 69 in the final round of the Hoya Invitational, finishing tied for 24th, while Corrigan and Webb finished tied with Smith at 59th in the season-ending match at Old Dominion.
All 10 Hawks opened the spring schedule competing at the Ft. Lauderdale Classic, with Corrigan topping them all with a 16th-place finish. Smith finished two strokes behind to post his second top-20 finish of the year as SJU placed fourth as a team.
After placing 11th at the First Bank Invitational, Saint Joseph's struggled over its next three outings, placing 17th at the Lacrosse Homes Invitational, 15th at the Princeton Invitational and tied for 20th at the UVA Cavalier Classic. Despite the slow stretch, freshman Jim Ridgway made national headlines for the Hawks, carding not one, but two holes-in-one during Saturday's first two rounds of the Princeton Invite.
The Hawks turned in arguably their best performance of the year at the 2008 Atlantic 10 Championships. As a team, Saint Joseph's placed eighth in the 12-team field, shooting a season-best 287 in the final round. Making his first conference meet appearance, Webb flourished, finishing tied for 10th and earning All-Conference honors. Playing in his final collegiate match, Corrigan posted his best finish at A-10s, tying for 27th.
For the year, Corrigan topped the Hawks in average (75.8), and finished tied with Smith with a pair of top-20 finishes apiece.
Returning a core group of golfers that played more than 10 rounds this season, expectations will be high for Saint Joseph's golfers as they return to the tee box in 2008-09.