Providence, RI – The Brown men's golf team is gearing up for the 2012-2013 season, and all signs point to a promising start. This year's team is fueled by a mixture of experience and fresh talent, and they are hoping that this winning combination will lead to success on the course.
As the Navy Fall Classic approaches on September 8-9, the Bears are raring to go and expecting a strong performance.
"We have both seasoned vets and a good, young nucleus," said head coach Michael Hughes. "We're trending up. I'm very excited about this season."
Sophomore Justin Miller is coming off an outstanding inaugural season for the Bears, and enabled the Bears to keep pace with Arizona in a narrow loss to the Wildcats, shooting a sizzling 73 in difficult conditions. Senior Nelson Hargrove is a long hitter, who was Brown's top finisher at the Ivy league Championship. Junior Peter Callas has put together two strong seasons for the Bears and is expected to have a break-out year.
The Bears are welcoming one recruit, freshman Jack Wilson (Fairmont, CA), to join their now-seasoned squad.
The Bears will also relocate to a new practice facility just 10 minutes away from campus—the Metacomet Country Club, adjacent to the Naragansett Bay. The quicker, more efficient commute will allow more time for both golf and academics. Practices at Metacomet officially began this past Saturday.
"We've enjoyed success (at the Navy Classic) there in the past," said Coach Hughes on the tournament. "We have no reason not to contend for the title."
At last year's Navy Invitational, held on the US Naval Academy's golf course in Annapolis, MD, Brown's golfers shot a school record 283 and held the honor of the lowest team score on the final day. In the field of 12 teams, the Bears will be strong contenders.