Murphy said he has 24 boys signed up for the tryouts, which include returning players Dominic Carano who was named first team AAC averaging 37.9 for nine holes; two-year letter winners Zachary Eckert and Adam Bouch; senior one-year letter winners Joe Benson, Scott McMurray, and Chris Wilkins; and seniors Andrew Chorba and Will Keffler. Newcomers include sophomore Matt Popovich and Isaiah Pouliot.
Another big change will be the varsity home course for the boys.
“Our new home course is Tippecanoe Country Club for the top 12 varsity players,” Murphy said. “Michael Speich and the members of TCC were kind enough to invite us to play and practice at their course.”
He said the JV team will continue to play their matches at Diamond Back.
With the new home course comes another first-time event. On Aug. 22, the Canfield boys will host their first Canfield Invitational at TCC. The invitations have already gone out to all the All American Conference teams plus Ursuline, Mooney and Western Reserve.
Murphy said it will be an exciting year and he already looking at winning the AAC championship for the fourth year straight. In the past three seasons, the boys have either shared or won the title, going 53-3 overall and 22-2 in head-to-head competition.
The boys have an early start this year by working out at the golf dome over the winter.
“Our winter workouts have really propelled a lot of guys this spring and summer,” Murphy said. “We have had numerous wins and top five finishes in local and regional tournaments. Canfield has had a lot of great players and teams over the years, but this group has the talent, depth, and work ethic to go far in 2011.”
As for the tryouts, Murphy said, “I keep all the boys. After tryouts they are ranked from lowest score to highest, the top 12 are varsity. The rest will play JV and I try to teach them the rules and fundamentals in hope they develop for the future. The worst that can happen -- I teach them a game they can take with them into whatever walk of life they choose.”
On the girls’ side, head coach Diane McCall will be returning for her 15th year. McCall actually started the girls’ golf team when her daughter Ashley was just a sophomore and she has kept the team going ever since.
According to Athletic Director Greg Cooper, McCall’s team earned runner-up honors in the AAC in 2009 and 2010 after earning the conference championship in 2008. In the girls’ past three years their record was 35-15 overall and 14-4 in conference play.
“Ironically, when Poland won the division II state title in 2008, the Canfield Lady Cardinals beat them in their two dual meets that season,” Cooper said.
One Canfield girl golfer got a special treat recently after being invited to take part in the Ryder Cup Junior Academy in Port St. Lucie, Fla. This new initiative is designed to expand the outreach of the Ryder Cup and provide aspiring young players an opportunity to experience an elite player development academy. From Canfield, junior golfer Annie Rose McGlone got the honor and was one of 43 juniors attending the first-time event. She and her fellow juniors impressed U.S. Ryder Cup captain Hal Sutton.
"This has all been so exciting and you can tell that each of these juniors is eager to learn and get better," said Sutton. "There is a true appreciation for what we are doing and I know that these kids have what it takes to be great."
Canfield junior golfer Annie Rose McGlone gets a photo taken with United States Ryder Cup captains Hal Sutton, Dow Finsterwald and Billy Casper during a dinner that was part of an exciting week for the first-ever Ryder Cup Junior Academy at the PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance in Port St. Lucie, Fla. McGlone was one of 43 juniors from across the nation who was invited to the academy ealier this month.