SU roundup: Shenandoah adds women’s golf
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WINCHESTER — Shenandoah University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Zipp announced Monday that the department is adding women’s golf as the university’s 21st intercollegiate sport.
This program will be the 11th for women at the university and the first new program added since the indoor and outdoor track and field teams were elevated to varsity status in 2009.
Scott Singhass, who has served as the head men’s golf coach since 2006, has been promoted to the full-time position of head men’s and women’s golf coach.
The program is scheduled to start for the 2014-15 school year and Singhass has already started the process of recruiting for this new squad.
Shenandoah will be the sixth Old Dominion Athletic Conference school to offer women’s golf, putting the league just one school away from having an automatic berth into the NCAA championships.
Currently, Bridgewater, Eastern Mennonite, Hollins, Randolph-Macon, and Washington and Lee offer women’s golf.
The league sponsors women’s golf as a championship sport and runs a 54-hole championship at the same time and location as the men’s championships.
This April, the Rock Barn Golf Club in Conover, N.C. will host the ODAC men’s and women’s championships.
MINNEAPOLIS — Shenandoah had two football players earn D3football.com All-Region honors in selections announced Monday night by the organization.
Sophomore Bayvon Young was named to the second team and senior Byron Mitchell third team at special teams and linebacker, respectively.
Young, a cornerback, earns his first-ever all-region accolade after blocking field goals in ODAC victories over Bridgewater and Washington and Lee.
Following the Bridgewater game, a contest in which he had three tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in addition to the blocked kick, the Fort Washington, Md., native was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week.
He finished the year with 29 total tackles, eight passes defensed and two interceptions on his way to second team All-ODAC honors.
Mitchell, a three-year starter at safety who moved to outside linebacker at the start of the ODAC schedule this fall, led the Hornets with 94 tackles and four forced fumbles.
He was named ODAC Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions and earned first team All-ODAC accolades for the first time in his career.
Mitchell is the all-time leader in tackles at Shenandoah was named all-league three times in his career, including first team All-USA South in 2011 and first team All-ODAC this year.
He is scheduled to complete his playing career this weekend at a senior all-star game.