Coaches Tyler Martin and Don Shaw have guided a roster laden with rookies back to the CCAA national golf championships for a second straight year. The national championships are being held at Chilliwack Golf Club in Chilliwack, British Columbia from October 13-16.
Of the six players on the Lords roster there are five who are in their first season with the program.
The Lords added Colin Jex and Tyler Barrett both from Port Hope, Brady Seguin from Stouffville and Stewart Muirhead from Lindsay.
The Lords qualified for the national championships after finishing in fourth place overall at the OCAA Golf Championships at Hunters Pointe Golf Club in Welland, Ontario on October 30. The Lords finished just three strokes back of third place.
Martin is coming off of an award-winning season in 2014 as he was named OCAA coach of the year after leading the Lords to six podium appearances last season.
The success the Lords had last season has not translated over to the 2015 season .
“It has been a tough season, we haven’t played as well as we would have liked but we aren’t too worried about it going into the nationals,” says Martin.
Craig Conroy is the only returning player to the Lords roster this season and according to Martin he has not hesitated in taking on a leadership role with the new team members.
“Having Craig back is huge for the team, he has been good with the new guys on things like helping with their swing to warming up with before a round,” says Martin.
Conroy has been one of the Lords more consistent players this year and when the team has a player like that it makes the job for the coaches a little bit easier, says Martin.
“Craig has been very important for us in making it back to the national championships this year,” says Martin
Martin says the expectations going into the season for the Lords were to make it back to the CCAA national championships, which they accomplished.
“In terms of the nationals, our expectations need to be more realistic. We would like to win a medal to close out the year but even a top five finish would be nice for our guys,” Martin says.