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Women's Golf

Women's Golf
Head Coach: Dan Pupel (14th season)
Assistant Coach: Taylour Giesen (2nd season)
Schedule | Team Roster | Coach Profiles | Season Outlook
Team Statistics - 2013
2008 | 2009 | 2010-11

2013-14 Schedule

Sat., Aug. 31 Furniture City Classic hosted by Davenport @ The Mines Golf Course 1st out of 4

Fri. - Sat.,

Sept. 6-7

Olivet College Invitational @ The Medalist Golf Club 5th out of 18

Fri. - Sat.,

Sept. 13-14

Bethel College Invitational @ Blackthorn Golf Course

4th out of 12

Sat., Sept. 21 WHAC Jamboree #1 hosted by Siena Heights @ Lenawee Country Club 4th out of 9
Sat., Sept. 28 WHAC Jamboree #2 hosted by Aquinas @ Scott Lake County Club 4th out of 9
Mon., Sept. 30 WHAC Jamboree #3 hosted by Cornerstone @ Sunnybrook Golf Course 4th out of 9

Fri. - Sat.,

Oct. 4-5

St. Francis (Ind.) Invitational @ Brookwood Golf Club 2nd out of 8

Fri. - Sat.,

Oct. 11-12

WHAC Jamboree #4 (Day One) hosted by Lourdes

WHAC Jamboree #4 (Day Two) hosted by Northwestern Ohio @ Hawthorn Hills Golf Course

4th out of 8

Mon. - Tues.,

March 17-18

Cumberland University Southeastern Kentucky Invitational @ Crooked Creek Golf Club 7th out of 8

Fri. - Sat.,

March 28-29

University of St. Francis (Ill.) Spring Classic @ Prairie Bluff Golf Course Canceled

Fri. - Sat.,

April 4-5

University of St. Francis (Ind.) Spring Invitational @ Brookwood Golf Course 6th out of 12
Tues., April 8 MIAA/WHAC Challenge @ Wuskowhan Players Club 1st out of 3

Fri. - Sat.,

April 11-12

Indiana Wesleyan University Spring Invitational @ Arbor Trace Golf Club

3rd out of 9

Individual Results

Wed., April 16 Aquinas College Spring Invitational @ Scott Lake Country Club Canceled

Mon. - Tues.,

April 21-22

WHAC Championships @ Coyote Creek Golf Club 3rd out of 8

2013 Roster

Photos Name Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
Jessica Bohner Jessica Bohner Fr. Greenville, Mich./Greenville
Alicia Flood Alicia Flood So. Flint, Mich./Flint Kearsley
Peyton Fredrickson Peyton Fredrickson So. /Lansing Catholic Central
Cassandra LaMacchia Cassandra LaMacchia Jr. Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic Central
Valerie Muyskens Valerie Muyskens So. Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall
Kristina Raiz Kristina Raiz Sr. Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores/Cornerstone
Paige Watkins Paige Watkins Fr. Tecumseh, Mich./Tecumseh


Dan Pupel

Dan Pupel - Women's Golf Coach -- Head Coach Dan Pupel is no stranger to Aquinas College. Pupel has an affiliation with the college that dates back nearly 50 years. He was a standout performer on the men’s team from 1954-1957. During that time, the team had three undefeated seasons and Pupel was a strong leader on those teams. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in
History and went on to earn a Masters Degree in Education from Michigan State University. Upon graduation, Pupel turned professional and was an assistant pro at Kent Country Club in Grand Rapids, MI. During this period he coached the Aquinas College men’s team to three outstanding seasons from 1959-61.


Pupel has always considered himself a teacher. Whether it was in the classroom teaching history and english for 30 years at Forest Hills Central High School, or on the golf course. Pupel comments, “I have always enjoyed working with young people and
challenging them to get the best out of themselves. I knew a long time ago that teaching was in my blood. I never second guessed myself and I really enjoy working with the young women at Aquinas College.”


While at Forest Hills Central High School, Pupel coached boys' golf for 30 years. He also coached the girls' golf team for 15 years. During this time, his teams won 25 league championships (including eleven in a row with the boys' squad from 1979-1990), 14
regional championships and eight state runner-up finishes. Pupel was named Michigan Golf Coach of the Year three times and was inducted into the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame in 1991.


Coach Pupel is currently in his 12th year as the Aquinas women's golf coach. Dan and his wife, Sheila (Smith '58), a professor who passed away in 1999, had five children and, at one time, four of them attended Aquinas simultaneously. All are Aquinas graduates. In 1988, Pupel was awarded the prestigious "Outstanding Teacher Award" from the University of Chicago. He served two terms as a
Kent County Commissioner and six years on the Aquinas Emeritus Board. Pupel possesses an intense love of golf, and is still both an avid player and a patient teacher of the game.


For all of Coach Pupel’s contributions to Aquinas College, he was inducted into the prestigious Aquinas College Hall of Fame in 2007.
Pupel guided the Saints to their first ever WHAC conference championship in his first year guiding the program. He received WHAC Coach of the Year that season. Pupel comments, “I have always loved Aquinas College. It is an extremely important part of my life
and my families life. I’ve been blessed to have such wonderful young ladies on the golf team.”

Taylour Giesen

Taylour Giesen - Women's Golf Assistant Coach

Taylour Giesen is a recent 2012 graduate of Aquinas College. Taylour received her bachelors of science in Business Administration and Sports Management while attending Aquinas. This will be Giesen’s second year on the coaching staff and sixth with the program. While playing for Aquinas she received awards ranging from WHAC First Team All-Conference to the NAIA Champion of Character. Taylour worked as an intern for the Adams Junior Tour and the Meijer Junior Tour in the summer of 2012 and has spent five years working in the golf industry at a variety of courses. She is also currently employed at Scott Lake Country Club, the Saints home course. She brings a great deal of knowledge about the sport and an extremely positive attitude. Taylour is naturally competitive and loves the challenge that golf offers.


Season Preview

The start of the fall golf season brings cool crisp mornings, turning of the leaves and a chance for the Saints to defend their conference championship title earned in the 2012-13 season. With the loss of four seniors this young squad has some big shoes to fill. Kristina Raiz will step into the leadership role as the lone senior on the team and will compete for the top individual spot in the conference. Last season Kristina finished “First Team All-Conference” with a career low round of 76 at the Calvin College match. Morgan Leep and Alicia Flood also finished in the “Top 10 individuals in the WHAC” and earned “All-Conference Honorable Mention”. The Lady Saints will also return Valerie Muyskens, Peyton Fredrickson, and Cassie LaMacchia. With the help of these seasoned players and the incoming freshmen, Jessica Bohner and Paige Watkins, the team is looking to repeat as WHAC Champions. The Saints open their season with the Furniture City Classic hosted by Davenport at the Mines Golf Course on August 31st.