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Men's Golf - Sat, Apr. 5, 2014

Site: Fort Wayne, Ind. (Brookwood GC)
Event: Saint Francis Spring Invite
Team Standing: 10th place of 10 teams (378)
Top Marygrove Individual: Michael Kanalas – Tied for 50th (86)
Next Marygrove event: WHAC Championships – April 14-15, 2014

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The men's golf team teed off the 2014 spring campaign with 18 holes on the links Saturday (April 5) at the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) Spring Invite. The 18-hole day followed Friday's round that was shut down after nine holes due to inclement weather at Brookwood Golf Club in the Fort Wayne area.

Led by third year head coach Frank McAuliffe, the Mustangs once again sent out four freshmen to compete against veteran NAIA squads from across the Great Lakes region. Michael Kanalas (Rives Junction, Mich./Jackson Northwest) paced the Mustangs on the day with a round of 86. The mid-80's round tied the freshman's fourth-best effort since arriving on the northwest Detroit campus in the fall.

Golf newcomer and freshmen basketball standout Jimmy Stewart (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte) had a stellar debut for McAuliffe and the Mustangs by shooting an 87. The round – one off Kanalas' pace – is a great sign for Marygrove's budding golf program as it gives the team added depth for the upcoming WHAC Championship.

Tyler Newell (Livonia, Mich./Dearborn Divine Child) put together a sub-90 round to finish the par 72, 6,736-yard course with an 89. The round was two off Newell's previous best of 87 set at the WHAC's Fall Jamboree No. 3 on Sep. 24. Dylan Martin (Belleville, Mich./Homeschool) rounded out the Mustangs' day with personal low round of 116.

"I am proud of our effort to start the season," said McAuliffe. "Obviously, it has been difficult spring for many programs due to the weather, but our guys disregarded the lack of outdoor preparation and played solid rounds. I like our depth with Jimmy added to the fold for future competitions. We will look to continue to build the roster this season and into next year (2014-15)."

The Mustangs will return to action April 14-15 at the WHAC Championships in Grand Rapids.

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