YSU Men's Golf Program Saddened by the Loss of Nate Komsa

Head Coach Tony Joy walks with Nate Komsa on his final hole at the 2006 Horizon League Championships
Head Coach Tony Joy walks with Nate Komsa on his final hole at the 2006 Horizon League Championships

The Youngstown State Men's Golf family was extremely saddened to learn about the loss of one our of former student-athletes in recent weeks. Nathan Komsa, who attended YSU and played on the men's golf team from 2002-2006, passed away suddenly on Nov. 11 at the age of 33.

The Lakeshore, Ontario, native studied marketing at YSU and went on to become a very successful businessman in nearby Windsor, Ontario. Under Head Coach Tony Joy, Nathan became one of the most decorated and accomplished golfers in program history. After leaving YSU, he also became an accomplished amateur golfer, winning the Ontario Mid-Amateur Championship.

Nate's first place finish at the Horizon League Championships as a sophomore in 2004 is one of the most memorable wins in school history. Going in as a heavy underdog, Komsa came from behind late in the final round to pull off a thrilling, one-stroke victory. He finished in ninth place at the Horizon League Championships in 2005 and sixth in 2006. Komsa was named first-team All-Horizon League in 2005 and made the Horizon League All-Tournament Team in 2004. He is one of three golfers in program history to become a conference champion.

"Not only was Nate one of the most talented players I coached over my 34 years, he was also a great teammate and a fine student. Winning the Horizon League Championship was very special and secured his place as one of the finest golfers to play here and represent YSU. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Komsa family."

-YSU Head Men's Golf Coach Tony Joy

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