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Women's Golf

Women's Golf
 
 
 
Head Coach: Taylour Giesen (3rd season)
Swing Instructor: Dan Pupel (15th season)
 
 
Schedule | Team Roster | Coach Profiles | Season Outlook
 
 
Team Statistics - 201320122010-11 | 2009 | 2008
 
 

2014 Schedule

DATE EVENT TIME/RESULT
Sat., Aug. 30 Furniture City Classic hosted by Davenport @ The Mines Golf Course 4th out of 5
Fri., Sept. 5 WHAC Jamboree #1 hosted by Concordia @ Polo Fields Country Club 11 a.m.
Thurs., Sept. 11 WHAC Jamboree #2 hosted by Davenport @ Stonewater Country Club 11 a.m.

Fri. - Sat.,

Sept. 12 - 13

Battle at Blackthorn hosted by Bethel @ Blackthorn Golf Club TBA
Wed., Sept. 17 Aquinas College Invitational @ Scott Lake Country Club 10 a.m.

Wed., Sept. 24

WHAC Jamboree #3 hosted by Indiana Tech @ Coyote Creek Golf Course TBA

Fri. - Sat.,

Sept. 26 - 27

St. Francis (Ind.) Invitational @ Autumn Ridge Golf Club & @ Cherry Hill Golf Club

12:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.

Tues., Sept. 30

WHAC Jamboree #4 hosted by Madonna @ The Golden Fox Golf Club 11 a.m.

Fri. - Sat.,

Oct. 4 - 5

Wolfpack Invitational hosted by Cardinal Stritch 7:30 a.m./7:30 a.m.

Sat., Oct. 11

WHAC Jamboree #5 hosted by Siena Heights @ Lenawee Country Club Noon
 

2014 Roster

Photos Name Yr. Hometown/High School (College)
Photo Not Available Emily Billing Fr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Unity Christian
Jessica Bohner Jessica Bohner So. Greenville, Mich./Greenville
Alicia Flood Alicia Flood Jr. Flint, Mich./Flint Kearsley
Peyton Fredrickson Peyton Fredrickson Jr. /Lansing Catholic Central
Valerie Muyskens Valerie Muyskens Jr. Whitehall, Mich./Whitehall
Paige Watkins Paige Watkins So. Tecumseh, Mich./Tecumseh
Photo Not Available Maggie Zoller Fr. Caledonia, Mich./Caledonia
 
 

Coaches

Taylour Giesen

Taylour Giesen - Head 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 third year on the coaching staff and seventh with the program. While playing for Aquinas  She paced the Saints to a runner-up finish in the 2012 WHAC Tournament as she placed 3rd out of 42 competitors during the two day event in Livonia. Taylour was named First Team All-WHAC, All-WHAC Academic, Champion of Character and team captain during her senior season.  Taylour worked as an intern for the Adams Junior Tour and the Meijer Junior Tour in the summer of 2012 and has spent seven 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, where she is an Assistant Pro. 


She brings a great deal of knowledge about the sport and an extremely positive attitude. Taylour comments, “I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to take over the women’s golf program at Aquinas. I have been working hard this summer to ensure a smooth transition that will lead to a strong and successful program in the future.” 

“Taylour has been an integral part of our golf program for the past six years and we are pleased she is assuming the position of head coach. She knows the College and the program well and what we stand for. She has earned this opportunity through her dedication to her sport and school,” states Athletic Director Terry Bocian.

 

 
Dan Pupel

Dan Pupel - Swing Instructor

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.

 

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.”

 

Season Preview

The Lady Saints are awaiting their chance to bring the WHAC title back to Aquinas after finishing third at the conference championship last April. The Saint’s graduated Kristina Raiz and have no seniors on the roster. The three returning juniors Alicia Flood, Valerie Muyskens and Peyton Fredrickson have stepped up and become the leaders of the team.  Flood and Muyskens have been name to the WHAC All-Conference honorable mention team in previous seasons. Both players have also had multiple top ten finishes throughout their college careers. The Lady Saints will also return sophomores Paige Watkins and Jessica Bohner, both helped the Saint’s finish 3rd in last year’s WHAC championship. With the help of these seasoned players and incoming freshmen, Maggie Zoller and Emily Billing, the team is striving to finish on top in the WHAC.