Sept. 22, 2012
The Florida Atlantic men's golf team tees off their 2012-13 season under head coach Angelo Sands this weekend, with one senior and a group of sophomores right behind him ready to help shoulder the load.
Clinton Wilhelm was last year's number one golfer, and the redshirt senior returns to lead the 11-man roster. Wilhelm shot an average of 74.8 last season, and had an 8th place finish at the same tournament the Owls kick off this season with, the Windon Memorial Classic in Glencoe, Illinois. He also was the individual winner with a score of 4-under-par in the Gary Freeman BCU Spring Invitational last February, and was the lowest Owl at their own FAU Spring Break Championship.
A trio of sophomores with a year under their belt is also back, in Pablo Gerboles-Parrilla, Lawrence Hoch and Bradford Kidd. Gerboles-Parrilla was the story at the Sun Belt Conference Championships, in the clubhouse at second and third, respectively, after the first two rounds. He finished in a group tied for 12th, best for the Owls. His scoring average last year was third on the team of those playing 10 or more rounds, at 76.1.
Kidd and Hoch weren't too far behind, with averages of 76.35 and 76.36. The two tied for the best score in a one-day match against Marquette in mid-April, each shooting an even-par 72 at the Abacoa Golf Club in Jupiter.
Coach Sands also welcomes four new players to the 2012-13 roster: junior transfer Airik Medinis and freshmen Joseph Arazi, Richard Donegan and Derron Peyton. To read about the coach speaking of their impressive resumes, visit the official blog of FAU Athletics, the Daily Hoot, here.
So far, only the fall portion of the Owls' schedule has been released, with four tournaments on the docket (it can be viewed here). It begins with the two-day Windon Memorial, hosted by Northwestern University, this Sunday and Monday. The spring schedule will feature the third annual FAU Spring Break Championship, and ends with the Sun Belt Conference Championships in late April in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.