|Ed Karpovich||Will Carey|
The one thing that current University of Scranton men’s golf coach Ed Karpovich has always done is ‘walk the walk.’
The only two-time Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) individual champion in Royals’ history, Karpovich added another feather in his cap today, joining one of his former players, Will Carey, to be named to the MAC all-Century team for men’s golf.
Karpovich and Carey represent the eras of 1974-1983 and 1984-1993, respectively. Overall, 36 golfers spanning six eras—1912-1963, 1964-1973, 1974-1983, 1984-1993, 1994-2004, and 2005-2012—were honored as part of the MAC’s 100-year celebration.
Karpovich won his first MAC title in 1974, shooting a final round 71 to post a 36-hole total of 146 at the Hidden Springs Golf and Country Club in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Two years later on the same course, he came storming back in the final round again, firing a 69 to finish with a 36-hole total of 147 to lead the Royals to their second straight and third MAC team title in four years.
He also competed in the NCAA championships twice in his career, finishing tied for 42nd in 1976 with a 72-hole total of 312 and tied for 150th with a 336 in 1974.
Carey joined Karpovich in the MAC’s winner circle in 1988, carding a 54-hole total of 225 at the historic Shawnee Country Club, a performance that catapulted the Royals to the team championship, Scranton’s first since Karpovich and his teammates did it in 1976.
He also excelled in the classroom, earning Academic all-America honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and landing an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, both coming in 1988.
Carey’s other career highlights include three NCAA championship appearances, where he finished 19th in 1987, 25th in 1988, and 44th in 1986, along with a second-place finish at the 1985 MAC tournament.
Both Karpovich and Carey are members of The University of Scranton Wall of Fame.