RU men’s golf looking to future

Men’s golf head coach, Mike Grant, announced the 2017 fall schedule; along with the addition of five new players on Monday afternoon as Radford prepares for the 2017-18 season.

The team will begin the fall season with the Joe Feaganes Invitational (Sept. 11-12) hosted by Marshall, before headed to Richmond for the Janney Invitational (Sept. 18-19), hosted by VCU, one week later.

The month of October features three tournaments and gets started with the only three-day tournament of the fall. The Hummingbird Intercollegiate – hosted by Western Carolina – will be held on Oct. 1-3. After almost two weeks off, the Highlanders will compete in The Phoenix Invitational (Oct. 16-17) in Elon, N.C., before heading to Columbia, S.C., to end the fall season with The Camden Invitational (Oct. 21-22), hosted by South Carolina.

“I am really excited about what the schedule gives us,” Grant explained. “We will get an opportunity to play against nationally ranked teams early in the season and expose our players to very good competition. We also have a great mixture this year with our roster. Some key players are returning this season, coming off a spring 2017 record of 55-19, including Myles Creighton who had an outstanding season last year along with strong showings this summer in national events. He is on track to possibly become the best player in Radford golf history. Also returning are Ben Ramsey and Gareth Sargent who were starters most of last season. With five new players, we will have a very competitive environment for the starting positions.”

The five newcomers include two former Blacksburg players in Hunter Duncan and Ty Olinger. Duncan played at Blacksburg High School and Olinger at North Cross.

Player information:

Hunter Duncan | Blacksburg| Blacksburg HS

Duncan was the two-time Timesland Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. He was also the 2015 and 2016 Heritage Invitational Champion, including a 2015 and 2016 metro champion. In 2015 and 2016 Duncan was named first team all-state.

Tyler Hull | Toronto, Ontario, Canada | The Crescent School

Hull has had several top finishes on the Future Collegiate World Tour including a win at Timacuan golf Club in Lake Mary, Fla. The Toronto, Ontario, Canada native qualified and played in both the Canadian Junior Championship and Canadian Men’s Amateur in 2016. He finished inside the top five at the International Junior Masters in 2015.

Griffin Jones | Ottawa, Ontario, Canada | South Carleton HS

Jones was the 2015 Ottawa Junior champion and came in second place at the 2016 Ottawa Junior Championship. He was chosen to represent his country in the Aaron Baddeley International Championship. Jones sealed a second place finish at the Ontario High School Championship as a senior.

Ty Olinger | Blacksburg | West Virginia

Olinger spent one season as a member of the West Virginia men’s golf team. Coming out of high school, he was ranked second in state of Virginia recruiting class for 2016. He was the Virginia Jr. Match Play champion in 2016. He was a four-time all-state performer and 2015 Metro Player of the Year.

Parker See | Staunton | Belmont Abbey

See played one season at Belmont Abbey in Belmont, N.C. As a freshman , he tallied a stroke average of 73.83. See also made it to the round of 16 in the 2016 Virginia State Amateur Golf Tournament.

“I believe this incoming class will give us much more depth and a strong foundation for the coming years.” Grant added.

Radford has now had seven consecutive winning seasons and looks to extend that number to eight seasons.

–RU Athletics

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