Rain Cancels Golf's Opener vs. Appalachian State Friday
March 12, 2010
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, FL - The George Washington men's golf team's match scheduled for Friday against Appalachian State has been cancelled due to rain in the Orlando area. The match with ASU will not be made up at a later date.
The match was to have taken place Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Mission Inn Resort near Orlando, FL, on the par-72, 7,217-yard Las Colinas Course, one of two layouts at the Mission Inn complex. The other, El Campeon, was the site of the 2009 Atlantic 10 Golf Championship and will host the A-10 Championship again on April 30-May 2.
The Colonials had a solid fall and look to continue their success in the spring. "With the goal of finishing in the top 5 at every tournament we play in, we actually came very close with a 7th, 6th, two 5th, and two 2nd place finishes," said second-year coach Terry Shaffer. In 2008-09 the Colonials used several different lineups and many players received valuable tournament experience. Shaffer has instituted an objective point system whereby each player has the opportunity to compete in a tournament based on points earned during the week's practice rounds.
Having several experienced players competing for starting spots each week will ensure that five players will bring their "A" game to each event.
The top returnees are senior co-captain Cole Turner and junior Brendan Barrack. Turner's five-under-par 67, was the best score of the Turning Stone tournament on a course in upstate New York that has a higher difficulty rating than U.S. Open Course Bethpage Black. Turner's 66 at the ODU Seascape Invitational tied the school record low round score and his 74.5 career rounds (76.3 scoring avg.) is most among the returnees.
The Colonials' next most experienced player is Barrack. He has been a workhorse for GW, leading the team in rounds played in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He has had the lowest scoring average of any Colonial last year, averaging 74.7 in 30 rounds. As a freshman, Barrack was a six-time Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week selection--the most in the history of the league. He averaged a steady 75.5 in 11 rounds this past fall and was the runner-up at Delaware's Scotty Duncan Memorial in October.
In addition to Barrack, GW will have two other talented juniors in the mix each week as well. Max Hamm and Tyler Wendelken should compete for starting spots throughout the spring. Hamm averaged 78.7 stokes in nine rounds in the fall with a low round of 73 at the Navy Fall Classic. Shaffer calls Hamm "the heart of the team." Wendelken led the Colonials in the fall with a 75.4 stroke average. Team captains Turner, Barrack and Hamm finished the fall portion of the schedule with a combined 766-315 record while Wendelken posted a 182-65 head-to-head record.
Senior Michael Perlmutter figures to contribute this spring. He is physically the strongest on the team. Amazingly for someone so strong and long with his shots, he can still handle a good short game. He is a valuable teammate who, over the years, has made some valuable contributions to the Colonials.
Fellow senior Sebastian Palomares really came into his own in the last two years. `SeaBass,' as he is known to his teammates, fired a round of 67 at Louisville last year that proved he has the capability to score low.
The sophomore class is led by Hong Kong's junior champion, Martin Liu, and Brandon Rukin. Liu is one of the most intense players on the team. There really is no weakness in his game. He played in all six tournaments in the Fall and averaged 76.9 strokes with a low of 70 at the Navy Fall Classic.
Along with Liu and Rukin among the sophomores is transfer Taylor Fuqua. Rukin has been a feisty competitor since the first day he started with the team. His performance last year at Bear Trap Dunes proved that he can score as low as anyone on the team. Fuqua brings the right work ethic with him as a transfer from the University of Charleston. He has played seven rounds as a Colonial in the fall of `09.
In addition to all of the talent returning, GW has added a pair of talented freshmen. Manny Tulumaris and Brennan Wallman will give the Colonials a pair of talented rookies who figure to be in the mix for starting spots each week.
The 2009-10 schedule has the Colonials playing in some of the top local tournaments including events at Navy, Princeton. However, it's the `out-of-region' schedule that is the most impressive. GW traveled to three events that were hosted by Missouri at the Turning Stone Intercollegiate, Seton Hall's Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate and will travel to Indiana's Hoosier Classic in the spring. "Our real success will be determined by our performance in the A-10 Championship," Shaffer said. "Having the A-10s back at the Mission Inn in Orlando should prove well for the team. We really feel we can accomplish great things in early May."