ADRIAN, Mich. -- History was made Saturday (Sept. 14) when Marygrove College Men's Golf entered four student-athletes into competition for the first time. By having four golfers compete and finish, the Mustangs were able to record their first team score in the brief history of the program. The historic day came on the Mustangs second date of competition of 2013 at the Siena Heights University Fall Invitational (Lenawee Country Club).
As a team, the Mustangs – led by head coach Frank McAuliffe – placed 7th of 7 with a score of 383. The four student-athletes competing Saturday were freshmen.
Facing better conditions than earlier in the week, freshman Michael Kanalas (Rives Junction, Mich./Jackson Northwest) led the Mustangs for the second consecutive outing. The freshman shot an 11-over par 82 to pace a solid Mustang effort throughout the day. The round saw Kanalas shave seven strokes off his game on a course that played better than Monday's (Sept. 9) rain-soaked WHAC Jamboree #1. Kanalas' round of 82 tied for 18th place.
Jake Vogel (Comstock Park, Mich./Grand Rapids CC) joined Kanalas in the 80's by shooting a round of 85 in his first collegiate event. Forced to sit out the beginning of the season, Vogel was anxious to hit the course Saturday and help the Mustangs achieve their goals. The freshman walked off 18 three shots behind Kanlas to place second on the team. The effort placed Vogel 29th overall.
Former Dearborn Divine Child student-athlete, Tyler Newell, shot a 90 in his second collegiate competition (second of this week). Newell's effort landed him in 34th place after all golfers reported their cards on Saturday. Dylan Martin (Belleville, Mich./Homeschool), a Marygrove student for the past two years, walked on to the team over the summer months. Playing in the second competitive outing in his career, Martin was able to cut many strokes off his score from Monday.
"Overall, we obviously took another step forward as a program after recording a team score," said McAuliffe in regards to the historic day. "Our guys played well, but still have to limit the damage on certain holes. As freshmen, it may be hard to avoid disaster here-and-there, but I am confident this group has the talent to overcome, continue to improve, and post great numbers as the season progresses."
The Mustangs will hit the course again Thursday (Sept. 19) when they take part in WHAC Jamboree #2 hosted by Aquinas College. The conference match will begin at 11:00 a.m. at The Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids.