March 30, 2005
Providence, RI - Following a solid fall season, coach Ed Hanley's men's golf team is poised to make a run at the Ivy League title with a mix of experience and youth all challenging for positions in the top five.
"I'm excited about this year's team," said Hanley. "This is the best team that I've had at Brown and we're going to be a lot more competitive than we have for the last two years. We're getting closer to the top of the Ivy standings."
Senior captain Robert Chen (Orangeburg, SC) will provide leadership at the top of the lineup after being a solid player for the Bears over the last three years. He shot 78-76 in competition against Dartmouth, and was 27th at the Yale Invitational after shooting 74-80-76.
Freshman Larry Haertel (Greenwich, CT) made an immediate impact in the Bears' lineup with an 11th place finish at the Yale Invitational, shooting a torrid three-round 222 (72-77-73) at the Yale golf course in the fall.
Sophomore Lanny Benson (St. Louis, MO) enjoyed a solid freshman season, and is looking to pick up where he left off a year ago. Benson scored for the Bears at last year's Ivy Championship, and was Brown's top scorer at the URI Spring Invitational. He was 22nd individually at the 2004 Yale Fall Invitational, shooting 82-72-74.
Sophomore Aaron Telch (Palo Alto, CA) was consistently at the top of the Bears' lineup, leading the Bears in scoring in two of four tournaments and finishing second a third time. He scored 76-78 in a dual match competition with Dartmouth, and shot 77-79 at the New England Championship, helping Brown to a sixth place finish.
Sophomore Donny Mowlds (Sacramento, CA) has also been in the mix for the Bears, scoring 76-80 at the Fall New England Championship and turning in a solid performance in Brown's fall match against Dartmouth. Freshman Ryan Larson (Seattle, WA) helped the Bears at the Yale Invitational (81-81-79), and scored at the New England Championship.
Hanley also expects juniors David Cangemi (Jacksonville, FL) and Chip Virnig (San Jose, CA) to contribute, along with sophomore Greg Werntz (Falls Village, CT) and senior Jamie Hahn (Rumford, RI), who also played lacrosse at Brown.