April 12, 2006

Brown Men's Golf - 2006 Preview

April 12, 2006

Providence, RI - When head coach Ed Hanley talks about the upcoming season, he does so with a confidence of a coach who's team will be in the mix for the Ivy League Championship. His optimism is based on the return of two players - junior Lanny Benson (St. Louis, MO) and sophomore Larry Haertel (Greenwich, CT) - who finished in the top 10 at Ivies a year ago, and a talented and experienced lineup from top-to-bottom.

"If everyone plays to their potential, we have the talent, ability and experience to play at the top of the Ivy League," said Hanley. "We showed the rest of the Ivy League that we're a legitimate contender and can play with anyone after shooting the second best second and third rounds scores at least year's championship."

The Bears picked up where they left off last spring with some sensational play at the Yale Invitational in the fall, including a school record second day 285, the lowest one-day score of the tournament.

At the head of the lineup is Haertel, a member of the PING All-New England Team, who shot 71, 74 in his final two rounds at last year's Ivy Championship,. He was Brown's top scorer in the fall, finishing second at the Hartford Invitational, 13th at the New England Championship and ninth at the Central Connecticut Invitational. He also shot 73, 75 at the Yale Invitational to tie for seventh place.

Senior captain Donny Mowlds (Sacramento, CA) is looking forward to a solid year after a strong fall competitive season where he shot 70 at the Yale Invitational to finish seventh individually with a two-day 148. Mowlds was also 17th at the New England Championship (76, 76).

Senior Danny Wallis (Los Gatos, CA) is another strong player for the Bears, who has unlimited potential. He displayed that potential by shooting 69 at the Yale Invitational and playing well at the Hartford Invitational (9th), and Central Connecticut Invitational (7th), shooting 75, 72.

The veteran Benson shot a two-under par 70 in the final round of the Ivy Championship, and that bodes well for the Bears as the tournament returns to the Ballyowen Golf Club once again. He also had a strong fall season, shooting 73, 77 at the Central Connecticut Tournament to place 16th overall.

Senior Aaron Telch (Palo Alto, CA) is another Brown player who can't wait to return to the Ivy Championship. He finished last year's Ivy Tournament with a final round 71, and is expected to be a major contributor this spring. Coach Hanley also expects talented freshman Conor Malloy (Rye, NY) to contribute, after missing most of the fall due to illness.

The Bears also return a slew of veteran contributors including senior David Cangemi (Jacksonville, FL), senior Chip Virnig (San Jose, CA), and sophomore Ryan Larson (Seattle, WA). Freshman Chris Hoffman (Solon, OH) will also vie for playing time.