2011-12 MEN'S GOLF SEASON REVIEW
ALLISON BAILEY SELECTED TO LEAD MAPLE LEAF GOLF PROGRAMS (Aug. 15) - Goshen College Athletics Director Tim Demant announced the hiring of Allison Bailey as the Head Men's and Women's Golf Coach on Monday, completing the 2011-12 Maple Leaf coaching staff.
"I am very excited that we have been able to find such a quality coach to lead our golf programs," Demant explained. "Allison's experience, work ethic, character and expertise will be an immediate benefit to our golfers. Her knowledge and experience in the game will help our golfers maximize their abilities and take steps toward being a championship program." A 2004 graduate of Elkhart Central High School, Bailey (then Rodino) was the school's Female Athlete of the Year as a senior. Her tenure included four All-Northern Indiana Conference honors, three team MVP awards, and a selection to the Indiana Golf Coaches Association Academic All-State Team. Bailey then took her talents to Tri-State University - now Trine University - in Angola (Ind.). She became a two-time All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association pick for the Thunder while earning a degree in Business Administration. Read More
POLLITT TEES OFF 2011-12 SEASON IN OHIO (Sept. 21) - The 2011-12 season officially got underway for one member of the Goshen College men's golf team as freshman Ben Pollitt (Helsby, England) competed at the Defiance College Fall Invitational. Pollitt carded an 84 on the 6,130-yard, par-71 Eagle Rock Golf Club to finish 35th overall. "It was his first collegiate event and just the second course in America he had ever played," first-year head coach Allison Bailey explained. "He did well overall, but had some mental mistakes and did not hit many greens in regulations." Read More:
SUB 80 ROUND ON DAY TWO OF THRILL AT THE HILL (Mar. 28) - The spring golf season officially got underway as freshman Ben Pollitt (Helsby, England) participated in Indiana Tech's The Thrill at the Hill. The two-day event was held at the Donald Ross Course at French Lick Resort, a long (nearly 7,100 yards) par 70 course constructed in 1917. On day one, Pollitt carded an 89 in just his second career competitive round in the United States. The first round left him in the back half of the pack and set up the opportunity for a strong move on day two. "The course was playing extremely long and the rough was very thick," head coach Allison Bailey explained. "Ben played decent and was hitting some great shots, but couldn't put everything together." Putting things together is exactly what he did on day two. The freshman fired a 79 in the second round, his first career round under 80. The strong day allowed him to move up 20 spots in the large field and finish the two days 58th overall (168). Read More
ALEJANDRO GENIS AND BRIAN CHARLES SIGN WITH LEAFS (Apr. 5) - Maple Leaf head golf coach Allison Bailey continues to put together her first recruiting class with the announcement of two signings. Local standout Alejandro Genis and Brian Charles from State College (Pa.) have both signed national letter of intents to continue their golf and academic careers at Goshen College starting in the fall. Charles is a two-year varsity standout at State College Area High School where his teams won a pair of section championships. A senior captain, Charles won the Dobois Invitational as both an individual and as a team, had a pair of top five finishes on the North Central Pennsylvania Association, and is a member of the Philadelphia Junior Tour. Genis is a four-year varsity player for Coach Scott Sekal at Elkhart Central where he has been named Most Improved, Hardest Worker, and Mental Attitude award winner. His lowest high school rounds include a nine-hole total of 36 and 18-hole card of 76. "I'm excited Alejandro is getting the chance to play at the next level," Sekal said. "He has been a great role model on and off the course here at Central and I know that will bring success to Goshen College." Read More
SEASON ENDS AT TRINE INVITE (Apr. 28) - Freshman Ben Pollitt (Helsby, England) closed out the 2011-12 season for the Goshen College men's golf team by shooting an 87 at the Gettig Invitational. The event featured eight teams and nine additional individuals at the 6,384-yard Zollner Golf Course on the campus of Trine University. Pollitt carded a 40 on the front nine, but struggle on the back nine, coming in with a 47 to take 42nd overall during a windy and rainy round. Read More