Men's Golf Begins Season at Gopher Invitational

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Sept. 11, 2009

OXFORD, Ohio - The 2009-10 men’s golf season gets underway Sunday when the RedHawks participate in the Gopher Invitational. The 54-hole event will feature two rounds on Sunday and a final round Monday morning. Competing for Miami this weekend are senior Craig Voorhees, juniors Michael Drobnick, Matt Stasiak and Nathan Sutherland and freshman Blake English.

“We are very excited to get back into competition,” said head coach Casey Lubahn. “It has been a long off-season filled with anticipation and hard work. We have dedicated ourselves to the process of playing championship golf and we are going to Minnesota to execute part of that process.”

“Minnesota hosts a wonderful event at a great golf course and we are thrilled to be starting our year there.”

With his first season under the belt and his first recruiting class on campus, Lubahn expects big things from the Miami golf team during the 2009-10 season. While the RedHawks have to replace five seniors from last year’s team, they return seven golfers and bring in three highly regarded freshmen.

“Obviously we lost a lot of seniors last year, which will be hard to replace,” said Lubahn. “But I feel very confident in the young guys coming in and some of the older guys have had great summers, so I expect us to contend week-in and week-out. We’re going to play one of the tougher schedules that we’ve ever played at Miami. We will play in BCS institution hosted tournaments and a couple of other real elite national fields so we’re excited. I think this team has a good chance to show everyone, including themselves how good they can be.”

Coach Lubahn will be looking for his four seniors to lead the way for the RedHawks – Andrew Aseltine, Charlie Hendrickson, Andrew Mock and Craig Voorhees.

“Andrew Aseltine is a talented guy who has played for us in the past. I feel like he has had a good summer. He’s just got the mentality to go out there and shoot good scores without being too cerebral. He’s done it for us before; hopefully he’ll do it for us again this year.”

“Charlie is still looking to break though the lineup. He’s had a great summer, including winning on the Ashworth Collegiate Series. He’s got all the physical skills necessary, it’s a matter of Charlie finding some confidence and if he does that maybe his senior year can be the year he really breaks through.”

“Andrew Mock is a fantastic kid, he’s been working hard. He’s such a leader on our team. I’m hoping his golf game continues to develop, because his leadership skills are invaluable to us.”

“Craig spent six weeks in Europe this summer so he’s currently working on getting his golf game back. Craig ended up being our best player last spring. If he fully commits himself to being a championship level player then I don’t see any reason why he is not going to be an All-MAC candidate.”

Adding to the veteran makeup of this year’s team are three juniors – Michael Drobnick, Matt Stasiak and Nathan Sutherland.

“Michael has had a great summer after having a couple decent years I think by his standards. I’m looking for him to break through this year. I think the 66 he shot at Purdue last year was just a sign of things to come. I look for Michael to play week-in and week-out and finish in the top-ten multiple times.”

“Matt is continuing to find his game, battling and playing a lot of tournaments this summer. Matt is going to be key for us to add depth. He is a guy who can really fill in and help us at the three, four or five spot. So it will be important for Matt to show his maturity as a junior.”

“Nathan is our most experienced returning player. Over the past two years he’s been our number one or number two player this whole time. I am going to be challenging him to get back to where he was his freshman year and be an All-MAC player. He’s had an incredible summer, playing well in Pennsylvania in some amateur and open tournaments.”

There are no sophomores on the RedHawks, but Lubahn expects big things from his three new freshmen – Blake English, Ben Peacock and Brett Tomfohrde.

“I’m pretty proud of this class. I hope the alums and I know the rest of our guys are proud of this class, because they were a part of it. They helped recruit these guys. All three of them are golf fanatics. They are going to come in and change the culture and intensity of our practices and our day-to-day lives. I am excited to have them, they are good young men.”

“Blake is by all accounts the highest ranked recruit of the three. He continues to stand out as one of the best players in the Midwest. Blake is going to have an immediate impact. He’s got the game to play at this level. I think all we can do now is help him transition to college and let him go to work.”

“Ben is a stud who finished tied for fifth, losing in the quarterfinals of the Michigan Amateur this year. He understands what playing championship golf is all about, so I expect Ben to also have a profound impact early.”

“Brett I think is going to be the hardest working of the three freshmen. He’s gone through some swing changes this summer but I don’t worry about Brett. I know he is going to put in the time necessary to not only get into the lineup, but finish high in tournaments.”

With so much returning talent and three quality newcomers, the competition for spots in the lineup will certainly be intense each week. That will ensure that the RedHawks are ready to compete each week as they take the next step towards regularly competing for Mid-American Conference championships and national prominence.