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SYLVANIA, Ohio â The fall season concluded Friday (Oct. 10) in Sylvania, Ohio, with the fifth and final Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Jamboree. Head coach Frank McAuliffe and the Mustangs finished the final WHAC event with three golfers, one shy of posting a team score as the remaining members of the team couldn’t make it due to their dual-sport responsibilities.
The final conference round was played at Sylvania Country Club after a brief frost delay Friday morning.
Sophomore Tyler Newell (Livonia, Mich./Dearborn Divine Child) continued his steady pace to wrap up the fall campaign by posting an 84 (+12). The 12-over score landed Newell in a tie for 34th place overall as the sophomore looks to continue his improvement over the winter months and into the spring season.
Newell, one of three sophomores competing for the Mustangs, was followed by teammate Jimmy Stewart (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte High School). Stewart, a welcome addition to McAuliffe’s crew this season, bounced back from a rough outing to shoot an 89 Friday in Ohio. The former basketball student-athlete came on strong this fall and is expected to be a cornerstone of the team over the next two-plus years.
Michael Kanalas (Rives Junction, Mich./Jackson Northwest High School) shot a 93, one round after posting a career-low 76 at WHAC Jamboree Four. Kanalas’ 76 is the Mustang clubhouse low heading into the winter break. The sophomore, along with Newell, are veterans on the young Marygrove golf squad and are aiming for a breakout spring.
Kanalas was honored at the end of Friday’s round as a member fo the 2014 WHAC Champions of Character Team. The sophomore was elected to the team by showcasing the NAIA’s Five Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship throughout the fall campaign.
With no team score Friday, the Mustangs will regroup and retool over the winter to prepare for the NAIA’s championship season in the spring. The WHAC’s fifth jamboree is likely to be the last time the Mustangs fail to post a team score as McAuliffe expects a talented recruiting class to join the fold next season.
Category: Men's Golf