Decorated many times with regional honors over his three previous seasons, team captain Pete Taylor '12 (photo) will look to put the finishing touches on an outstanding Wesleyan golf career as he swings into his final campaign in 2011-12.
During the 2010-11 season, Taylor, who played in all 10 outings for the Cardinals with rounds between 70 and 81, good for a career-best 75.0 stroke average, earned first-team all-NESCAC honors, All-Northeast recognition from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) and academic All-America laurels from the CGAA as well. Taylor has also picked up all-New England Division III honors during his Wesleyan career. In 2009-10, all of his rounds were carded between 71 and 79 for a 75.5 stroke average. As a freshman in 2008-09, he posted a 77.5 stroke average with all his rounds between 71 and 83.
AJ Ferraro '12 has been among the team's top three golfers each of the last two seasons, coming through with an 85.5 stroke average in 2010-11 to rank second on the squad. In 2009-10, his 83.3 mark ranked third. He recorded an 88.8 average as a freshman in 2008-09.
While Taylor and Ferraro should lead the way in 2011-12, help is expected from returning letterwinners Ryan Marvick '14, Nick Botticelli '14 and Tom Salah '12. Brad Improta '14 and Tommy Hartnett '14 also picked up some experience toward the end of last spring and should be factors this season.
The Cartdinals will inaugurate the fall by competing in the Trinity Invitational Sat./Sun., Sept. 10/11. Tayor was the medalist in the event a year ago. Wesleyan will compete in five events during the fall with the Dike Nelson Invitational at Middlebury, the Williams Invitational, the NESCAC Qualifier and the New Englands on the slate.