DETROIT -- The Marygrove men's golf team will enter the fall portion of their 2014-15 campaign a young, but seasoned group as head coach Frank McAuliffe returns his nucleus from last year's squad. With a team full of freshmen last season, the Mustangs had to adjust quickly to college play and head coach Frank McAuliffe believes the key experience as freshmen will allow the team to take a huge step forward this year.
"Last year was full of ups and downs," said the head coach and PGA Professional. "We have a great group of guys that are eager to get better every time they step onto the course. The experience we gained as a team last year places us in a great position to be competitive this season and to have an extremely bright future."
Tyler Newell (Livonia, Mich./Dearborn Divine Child), one of McAuliffe's freshmen from a year ago, finished his inaugural college campaign strong and has added key experience over the summer months by participating in the Midwest Collegiate Amateur Series. Sponsored by Taylor Made – Adidas, the summer tour features golfers from NAIA and NCAA college programs from across the region competing for a spot in the Tour Championship August 7 at Island Hills Golf Club in Centerville, Michigan.
The Marygrove sophomore clinched a spot in championship round play early in the summer after finishing in second place at Forest Akers-West at Michigan State University and seventh overall at the University of Michigan. Newell sat in seventh overall out of 16 golfers in the men's collegiate division through his first two events of the summer, and has competed nicely in the latter two events at Highland Meadows (Sylvania, Ohio) and Inverness Golf Club (Toledo, Ohio).
Newell is confident he will continue to grow as a player this season with a year of college golf and a competitive summer series under his belt.
"In addition to my practice time at Dearborn Country Club, playing with these high caliber players (in the summer tour) and on quality golf courses is giving me a better understanding of the next level of competitive golf," relayed Newell. "This experience not only has been fun, but it's getting me better prepared for the upcoming tournaments with Marygrove this fall. Even though we are still the youngest team by far in our conference, our team has high expectations this year after going through the journey together as freshmen last season. One thing is for certain, golf is a never ending learning experience, and I look forward to hitting the course with my team soon."
THE FALL SLATE
The fall schedule for Marygrove men's golf features a record seven events and has been released here. Newell, along with returning low-round holder Michael Kanalas (Rives Junction, Mich./Jackson Northwest) and Jimmy Stewart (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte), will lead the team into five conference jamborees and two non-conference outings.
ATHLETIC & ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE FOR 2014-15
Any golfer interested in continuing their career is asked to contact assistant coach Ronnie Pollack, Jr. at [email protected] or 313-927-1841. Academic and athletic scholarships, along with federal financial aid, is still available for those interested in joining the team in September.