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Men's Golf

Men's Golf Team
 
 
 
Head Coach: Mitch Kimball (1st season)
Assistant Coach: Alex Seekell (1st season)
Swing Instructor: Tom Gunn (37th season)
 
Schedule & Results | Team Roster | Coach Profiles
Season Outlook
 
>2013 WHAC Standings
 
Team Statistics: 2013 | 2012 | 2010-11 | 2009 | 2008
 
 
 

2014-15 Schedule & Results

DATE EVENT/SITE TIME/RESULT

Fri. - Sat.,

Aug. 29 - 30

Lou Collins Memorial Tournament @ Bedford Valley GC

16th out of 16

Sat., Sept .6

WHAC Jamboree #1 hosted by Madonna @ Eagle Creek Golf Club 11 a.m.
Mon., Sept. 15 WHAC Jamboree #2 hosted by Cornerstone @ Sunnybrook Country Club 10 a.m.

Fri. - Sat.,

Sept. 19-20

Bill Bockwitz Invitational @ Cascades Golf Course TBA
Sat., Sept. 27 WHAC Jamboree #3 hosted by Siena Heights @ Lenawee Country Club Noon
Mon., Oct. 6 WHAC Jamboree #4 hosted by Davenport @ Stonewater Country Club 10 a.m.
Fri., Oct. 10 WHAC Jamboree #5 hosted by Lourdes @ Sylvania Country Club 11 a.m.
 

Roster

Photos Name Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
Photo Not Available Jackson Bushway Fr. Detroit, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central
Photo Not Available Charlie Routzahn Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central
Photo Not Available Eric Ruff Fr. South Bend, Ind./Angola
Photo Not Available Matt Takach Fr. St. Joseph, Mich./St. Joseph
Jason Turner Jason Turner Sr. Dowagiac, Mich./Dowagiac Union
 

Coaches

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Mitch Kimball - Head Coach

Kimball, who graduated from East Grand Rapids High School, was Aquinas’ top player over his final two seasons and was a two-time captain of the Aquinas College Men's Golf team. He was an All-WHAC Academic performer and assisted Coach Gunn for one season. Mitch states, "Aquinas has been a very special place for me as I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the College. I enjoyed being a part of the basketball and golf programs here at AQ and I am thankful to Coach Gunn and Coach Hammer for their guidance and I am eager to continue their legacies." Athletic Director Terry Bocian comments, "Mitch is an outstanding individual who knows Aquinas College and its academic and athletic programs. He possesses the professionalism and energy to lift the Aquinas College golf program. We are happy to see one of our own take over the program."

 

   
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Alex Seekell - Assistant Coach

Seekell graduated from Forest Hills Central and Ferris State University. He received his class A PGA teaching professional status and has worked at Blythfield Country Club. He is very excited to be a part of coaching the game of golf at the college level. Golf is his passion and to be able to now work with Aquinas College is an honor.

   
Coach Gunn

Tom Gunn - Swing Instructor

A 1967 graduate of Aquinas College, Gunn completed his undergraduate degree in Business Administration. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Aquinas' golf team was known as "the Yankees of the North" for their outstanding regional performances. In 1963, Coach Dick McCormick led his squad of six underclassmen to national prominence against NCAA schools, blazing through a 19-5 regular season, defeating Notre Dame, Western Michigan University, Ferris State, Wayne State and all local competitors. The team also beat Central
Michigan on several occasions. In this championship year, all six members of the team had seasonal averages between 74 and 79. Beginning their season in the chill and damp of Michigan March, the team ended by earning a berth in the NCAA's invitation only
national tournament. Aquinas led the tournament going into the final day, but host team Southwest Missouri State, used to their home course and the steamy 100+ degree heat, pulled ahead to win by only eight strokes. Aquinas second-place national finish remains the highest team finish at a national sports competition in the College's sports history.

 

Gunn was a team captain for two of those seasons, and he fondly comments, “We were considered an underdog team and we used that to motivate us. We worked hard and had great team chemistry. It was such an honor for me and my teammates to be
inducted as a team into the Aquinas College Hall of Fame in 1963. Those memories will stay with me for a lifetime.”

 

Coach Gunn has been a member of the Highlands Golf Club for 50 years and was involved in several committees. He was the past green’s commissioner for 12 years.

 

Gunn is still active in playing and has competed in eight senior Grand Rapids Jaycees Charity Golf Classic events.

 

Some of Gunn’s highlights that he noted were coaching the first Russian player Nazar Massouh in the mid 1990’s. Also, the team won back to back WHAC championships in 2004-05.

 

Coach Gunn is still active hitting the links on weekends and at one time held the competitive course record at Highlands Golf Club, carding a 64. Gunn is married to Jerene and they have a son that lives in Chicago.

 

Season Outlook

This year is full of new faces and with that the program is “re-building”. Luckily in golf this process does not need to take long. Aquinas College is just a few steps away from where we used to be. Hopefully the new faces within this program can help re-build a foundation of a  successful program. There will be practices, matches, and workouts. We are going to pursue the best golf game we can play. We will be mentally and physically prepared to play our best whatever the result may be. August 2014, the process begins.