2018 season recap: The Holy Ghost Prep golf team enjoyed a stellar 2018 season, experiencing both team and individual success. As a team, the Firebirds finished second the 2018 PIAA District 1 Golf Tournament at Turtle Creek Golf Club in Limerick, Pa. HGP’s team of Liam Hart ’19, Owen Heffernan ’19, Dan Kovacevich ’19, Calen Sanderson ’22, and Tyler Schmidt ’21 shot a score of 295, setting a new school record in a district championship play and finishing just four strokes behind eventual 2018 District 1 champ Unionville High School.
Senior Liam Hart, a 2017 PIAA Class 3A state champion, capped off his terrific Holy Ghost Prep career with a second-place finish at the 2018 District 1 championship and then a third-place finish at state championships at Heritage Hills Golf Club on York, Pa. Hart will continue a recent pipeline of top-shelf Holy Ghost Prep golfers to play collegiately at Drexel University—joining Chris Crawford ’12 and Steve Cerbara ’16.
The coaching prowess of Holy Ghost Prep coach Mark Walder ’02 didn’t go unnoticed either as he was named the 2018 BAL Coach of the Year and was recognized by Golf Digest as one of the magazine’s “Top Young Golf Teachers in America.”
2018 All-BAL selections
First Team: Liam Hart ’19, Owen Heffernan ’19, Dan Kovacevich ’19, Calen Sanderson ’22
Second Team: Ryan France ’21, Nick Henn ’22
Honorable mention: Tyler Schmidt ’21
2018 BAL Most Valuable Player: Liam Hart ’19
2018 BAL Coach of the Year: Mark Walder ’02
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