The MSOE golf team returns its five top scorers from last season, bringing a unique blend of experience and youth to the links in 2018 and the Raiders will look to build on that foundation for a strong season.
Head coach Joe Meloy featured just one returning player in his top five last season and is excited on the steps forward of his young players as the team continues its drive to return to the top of the NACC.
Senior Sullivan Schrandt took the largest strides last season and asserted himself as the team's leader. He shaved almost five strokes off his average to lead the team with an average score of 79.0 per round. There were some highlights that could point to a strong final campaign, most notable the WLC Fall Invitational, where his second-round -4 (72) propelled him to shared-medalist honors.
Sophomores Nick Redmon, Jacob Mueller, and Bryce Lindsley each finished with round averages around 81.00, showing Meloy their potential in the process. Redmon led the group at season's end with an 81.00 average. He was steady throughout, logging just three rounds in the 70s but shooting above an 83 just once (84).
Mueller showed some flashes of the type of player he can be for the Raiders, carding eight rounds in the 70s among 17 played. Meloy hopes that with some consistency, he can lower his average from 81.18. Lindsley, meanwhile, averaged 81.59 strokes per round with four in the 70s.
Heading into the new year, this group alone could form a dangerous foursome for MSOE. However, the list of young talent does not end there. Freshman Jordan Wachowiak was the team's fifth golfer in terms of average at 82.29 strokes per round over seven played.
Junior Michael Barbeau has seen his scores trend in the right direction, lowing his round average by over a full strone to 83.87 last season. He cracked 80 for the first time as a Raider and finished with a pair of rounds in the 70s.
Sophomore Brett O'Shaughnessy rounds out the returning regulars, logging an 84.38 scoring average over eight rounds in his first season.
Four more golfers return from last season, including senior Charlie Paddock. Paddock was limited to two rounds last season but enters his final season with an 86.54 stroke average over 24 career rounds. Sophomores Bryan Edler (three rounds, 87.00 avg) and Alex Olson (2/91.00) combined on five rounds last season while junior Erik Wirtz did not log a round last season after playing two as a freshman in 2016-17.