Feb. 26, 2013
If the 2012 fall season is any indication of things to come, the University of Louisville men's golf team is in for a great season, and a return trip to the NCAA Regionals.
This past fall, the Cardinals won the Cardinal Intercollegiate and finished as runner-up three times in tournament action.
Coming off a second-straight second place showing at the BIG EAST Championship, the Cardinals are in search of their third BIG EAST Championship and first since 2009.
Head coach Mark Crabtree had to replace veteran anchor Justin Dorward who ended his collegiate career by being selected to compete as an individual at the 2012 NCAA Regional in Bowling Green, Ky.
Crabtree went out and put together a class with four newcomers who have made an immediate impact on the program. Blended together with several returning regulars, the men's golf team has the necessary depth to have a big spring.
Robin Sciot-Siegrist has made his presence felt on the course since the moment he arrived in Louisville. The freshman posted four top ten finishes in five fall events. Before coming to Louisville, Sciot-Siegrist worked his way up the rankings to become one of the top 350 amateurs in the world as of August. He captured the 2011 French Under 18 Championship and placed in the top 10 at the 2012 Murat Cup.
Windgate University transfer Antoine LeSaux has also played a big role for the Cardinals. LeSaux was named to the 2011-12 DII Ping All-Region Team and is the first amateur to ever win on the Carolina Pro Tour. This season, LeSaux has three top 10 finishes and placed second in his first Louisville event.
Henry Tomlinson and Maximilian Walz anchor the returners for Crabtree.
Tomlinson has shown vast improvement from a year ago and notched three top 10 finishes in the fall. Tomlinson averaged 75.1 strokes per round last season while competing in nine events.
Walz ended last season on a strong note by finishing fifth at the Wolfpack Spring open before tying for 10th at the BIG EAST Championship. The sophomore from Germany competed at the Omega European Masters in the fall before returning to Louisville. Walz returned to finish in the top 20 in all four events for the Cardinals in the fall. He placed third at The McLaughlin and averaged 73.0 strokes per round for the 2012 fall slate.
Crabtree also returns seniors Daniel Iceman and Chris Malec in addition to junior Charlie Macneal.
Iceman competed in seven events last season and had three top 30 finishes. He tied for seventh in the fall at the Cardinal Intercollegiate, which was his best Louisville finish.
Malec took home medalist honors last year at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational and led the Cardinals to their first team title since the 2009 BIG EAST Championship. Along with Dorward, Malec helped anchor the team last year which posted three top 10 finishes down the stretch.
Macneal averaged 75.3 strokes per round during the 2011-12 season over four tournaments. His best finish was a tie for 25th at the Cardinal Intercollegiate.
Rounding out Crabtree's 2012-13 team are newcomers Gus Lundquist and Trevor Sluman.
Lundquist was the winner of the US Open Local qualifying in Colorado with a round of 69. He was the first alternate for the 2012 US Amatuer Championship. Lundquist earned starts in three fall events and placed in the top 30 twice.
Sluman, who transferred from Towson, qualified for the 2012 Porter Cup and won the 2012 Rochester District Golf Association Match Play event. The nephew of 1988 PGA Championship winner Jeff Sluman, Sluman appeared in two events in the fall and tied for 12th at the WKU/Kenny Perry Invitational.
The men's golf team opens the spring portion of the schedule on Sunday, March 3 at the USF Intercollegiate.