GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- The men's golf team caravanned west Thursday (Sept. 19) to take part in WHAC Jamboree #2 at The Highlands Golf Club in Grand Rapids. The event, hosted by Aquinas College, featured wet play for the second time in as many conference outings to begin Fall 2013 competition. This time, most took advantage of the conditions as the course played long, but still favored the conference's men's golf contingent as many low scores were posted.
Freshman Jake Vogel (Comstock Park, Mich./Grand Rapids CC) shot a program-record round of 74 to finish in 14th in a loaded crowd at the top of Thursday's second WHAC Jamboree. Vogel's low round was made possible after the freshman breezed through the back-nine with a two-under 34 to finish the day strong.
The round-of-74 was good for three-over par (71). The medalist was Keith Long of the University of Northwestern Ohio with a four-under 67.
Michael Kanalas (Rives Junction, Mich./Jackson Northwest) once again played a steady round shooting an 86. Over his first three outings, Kanalas has averaged a mid-80's round. The scores have been a sign of the upside the freshman possesses as he attempts to return to the low 80's next week for the two-part WHAC Jamboree #3 in Indiana and Ohio.
Fellow freshman Tyler Newell (Livonia, Mich./Dearborn Divine Child) continued his improvement as he notched his best round as a collegiate golfer at The Highlands Golf Club. Newell ended the WHAC match with an 89 – one stroke better than his previous best set last week in Adrian.
Dylan Martin (Belleville, Mich./Homeschool), a walk-on that continues to improve his game, played a vital role as the Mustangs recorded their second team score in as many weeks. The team scores mark the first two recorded in program history.
Hoping to add a fifth golfer this season, head coach Frank McAuliffe and the Mustangs are happy with the progress the team has made thus far.
"It's tough running out four golfers against the conference's competition," said McAuliffe. "I could not be more proud of our group of freshmen for going out there and competing the way they did today. While we still seek another golfer, I am pleased with this group and look forward to our next match in Ohio."
"We are going to surprise people as we continue to improve and bring in top recruits like we did over the summer," McAuliffe said in closing.
The Mustangs will return to action in Lima, Ohio, for the first day of WHAC Jamboree #3 play Sept. 24. The two-day event, played in Indiana and Ohio, will be the team's final outings before they host the final WHAC Jamboree of the fall season on Oct. 7 at Metamora Golf & Country Club in Metamora, Mich. Shotgun start is slated for 11:00 a.m.