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Golf team in tough spot

Published: September 4, 2009
Section: Sports


The Brandeis men’s golf team has returned this fall thanks to a hard fought battle to stay alive last spring. Coach Bill Shipman has returned for his eighth season as head coach in addition to his role as head coach of both men’s and women’s fencing. Lee Bloom ’10 has taken over the role as captain.

“We return our three best players from last year, and expect a solid season from the golf team,” Coach Shipman said. “Bloom played very well last fall. We hope he can show that form again.”

Charles Sacks ’11 and Aaron Cusato ’12 are consistent, steady players who Coach Shipman expects can “go low.” Two other solid, though less experienced players, return in the form of Dan Goldsmith ’11 and Kyle Mangan ’12.

“Even though we did not actively recruit any players due to the uncertain future of the team,” Coach Shipman told The Hoot, “several new players have come out.”

While it was certainly understandable not to seek out new recruits for this year, the team could suffer as a result. “Two or three very good players were high on attending Brandeis,” Coach Shipman added. However, without the active recruiting process in place, Brandeis missed out.

It remains unclear what the precise future of the team will be, but for now the players and Coach Shipman are dedicated to the cause. “Some alumni are looking into large fundraising possibilities,” he said. “So we will see what happens as the fall progresses.

The golf team has their first tournament, the Bowdoin Invitational, next weekend, Sept. 12 through 13. They will travel to the Brunswick Country Club in Brunswick, ME to compete.