The men's golf team had two poor showings in the final three MIAA Jamboree's last fall and saw their chances of contending for a league title fall by the wayside.
Head Coach Troy Martin does not see that outcome happening again in 2010. "We faltered late due to some unforseen circumstances and that has fueled us heading into this season," said Martin. "The first couple of MIAA Jamboree's we played very good golf and it just goes to show that you need to bring your 'A' game each round in order to take home the hardware."
The team won twice last fall (Olivet and Heidelberg) and they will bring back talent as well as gain new talent in the form of several freshmen. Senior David Sreiberg (Newmarket, Ont.) has been the team leader for the past two years and will look to continue his consistent play into his final season. Sreiberg was named First Team All-MIAA as a sophomore and Second Team All-MIAA as a junior. In addition, he also got things done in the classroom being named an Academic All-American.
Senior Jordan Kelly (Adrian, Mich.) has seen his game improve each year as a Bulldog as he averaged 78 last year. He has been hot lately heading into the fall as he shot 74 and 72 in two qualifying rounds.
Martin says that this year's freshmen class is "one of the best in Division III" and now they must find a way to gel quickly with new courses and the challenges of collegiate pressure. Sterling Emery (Orangeville, Ont.) is a player who can score low and even represented his home country of Canada in international competition. While playing in Scotland at St. Andrews was a highlight, he will certainly not be overwhelmed by the talent he sees every round.
Zach Davenport (Bryan, Ohio) is a compliment to his new teammates as he got looks from Division I and Division II schools before deciding to play golf for the Bulldogs. Davenport placed 10th in his division of the Ohio High School State Meet.
Tyler Manning (Novi, Mich.) is a golfer who has played in the Michigan Junior Amateur and shot 74 and 70, as he can quickly contribute this fall. Manning additionally qualified for the U.S. National Junior Amateur which took place at Trump National Golf Course in 2009.