Summer Chip Shots

Greetings fellow Brown Golf fans.  I hope this e-mail finds you well and ready to begin teeing it up as the warm season arrives. We have finished our spring 2012 campaign and have a couple of weeks to reflect on our results from last season, discuss what we need to work on and set goals for 2013. We certainly weren't pleased with our performance at the Ivy Championship, but with a lineup consisting of two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior, it was probably not a surprise that we struggled.  We look forward to September where, after a summer of seasoning, we'll get right back at it.


Please feel free to stop by my office if you're in the area this summer; we always are eager to meet our supporters!

In this issue:

1) Late season results

2) Ivies

3) Facilities

4) Recruiting

5) Assistant coach

6) Co-Captain

7) Fall Schedule

8) Bear Classsic

9) Places we play

10) Support

Results

Bruno finished off its season with a decent showing at the Century Classic in Westchester, NY with Justin Miller once again leading the charge finishing 6th with rounds of 76 - 72.  This also placed the team 6th and we felt good about the upcoming Ivies.

Ivies

There really isn't any good way to describe the frustration of the team after the first round of the Ivy Championship at the Galloway Club in Atlantic City.  With 30 mph winds battering the course, the guys picked a bad time to collectively have our worst round of the year.  With no player breaking 80, we fell behind the field early and never recovered.  Sophomore Nelson Hargrove turned in a sparkling 72 on day 3 and Justin Miller also played well shooting 75 and again capturing low Bear honors.  Once we got over some nerves, we played great; on day 3 we beat 4 other Ivies, but clearly we need to get out of the box quicker in events this upcoming year.

Facilities

This upcoming year will find us in new environs as we are moving to Metacomet CC in East Providence.  This is an old Donald Ross design with arguably the best greens in the state and is located 8 minutes from campus.  We enjoyed our time at RICC and are truly grateful for their hospitality but the logistics of "Met" being so close made this a no-brainer. We additionally found out that a tentative plan has been mapped out to give us an indoor facility in the OMAC building and construction is under way.  This space will need to be funded and anyone interested in helping us out can contact me.  We then would join all other Ivy teams that already have an indoor practice spot.

Recruiting

We have signed our only recruit and he will be attending Brown this September.  Ivy regulations prohibit me from naming him until next month, but he's the only player we went after and will make an immediate impact.  I'll publish his name soon.

Assistant Coach

I am extremely pleased to announce that Ryan Hoskins '13 will assist me in coaching this year; giving me an extra set of eyes to help Bruno.  Ryan used up all his eligibility this year but will be taking classes for both semesters in '13.  He brings an organized, fresh view of the team and as a former contestant at the US Amateur at Winged Foot GC, he has competed at the highest level.  Please welcome him aboard!

Co-Captain

The team has named Jack Mylott as co-captain joining JD Ardell as captains for the 2013 season.  Together I'm confident they'll lead Bruno to great places - Congrats Jack!

Fall Schedule

This fall our tournament schedule will be Navy, Big Red Invitational, Big 5, McDonald Cup at Yale and the Ivy League Match Play tournament at TPC of Jasna Polana (NJ).  Hopefully you can come out and watch the Bears!

Bear Classic

The 3rd annual Brown Bear Classic has been rescheduled for Monday, October 1 at Shelter Harbor CC in Westerly, RI.  There are still spots available to play or to sponsor.  Here is the link to the info:
http://www.sportsfoundation.brown.edu/events/index.html#BBGC_12

We hope to see you there!

Places we play

This past year the team visited Desert Mountain, CC of Scottsdale, Troon CC, Whisper Rock CC, Wannamoisett CC, Valley CC, Pine Valley CC, Merion CC and Oakmont CC.
I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the help getting us on these venues from parents Ardells, Mylotts, Hoskins, Millers, Hargroves et al.  THANKS!!!!


Support

As always, the Golf Program cannot flourish without your help.  The boys play some pretty impressive places and can only achieve this through your generosity.  If you can assist the team in any way, please contact the Sports Foundation and advise them your gift should benefit our golf programs.  I thank you sincerely and the team appreciates all the assistance you provide.

Cheers!

BEAR DOWN!!

Mike