Nov. 16, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio Men’s Golf has announced the signing of two new student-athletes, the program declared on Wednesday. The Bobcats will be welcoming Mike Engelman and Brad Burgess to the team during the 2012 season.
Mike Engelman joins the team from Grand Blanc High School in Grand Blanc, Michigan. A very accomplished golfer, Engelman won two championships during the 2011 season, earning first place at the Atlas Valley Junior Club Championship and winning top honors at the MHSAA Districts. Even when he wasn’t winning tournaments, Engelman competed well, finishing in the top ten on five separate occasions.
Engelman was named Grand Blanc Varsity Golf MVP for the 2011 season, earned KLAA All-Conference Golf and Academic awards in addition to being named an All-State Honorable Mention.
“Michael is a very good player and a great student,” said Head Coach Bob Cooley. “I really think he has the chance to be an impact player for us. He’s just a good kid and really is the type of person we want here at Ohio University.”
Brad Burgess will join the Bobcats from St. Catharines, Ontario. He is currently ranked as the second-best golfer in the province of Ontario and the 886th in all of Canada. During the 2011 season, Burgess finished third overall at the AJGA Columbus Junior tournament, battling through a field of 72 golfers. He also boasts three other top-25 finishes in tournaments throughout the season.
“Brad had a great finish at the AJGA this summer at the Scarlet course in Columbus, which is thought of as one of the toughest courses in the country,” Cooley said. “He’s a strong student-athlete who hits the ball extremely well.”
Cooley emphasized not only the skill of the two future Bobcats, but also spoke highly of their character. “Both of these student-athletes come from really good families,” he added. “Their parents are excited about this opportunity and the kids are just great. They both should have a big impact on our program.”
Ohio Men’s Golf finished the Fall 2011 season with an impressive third-place finish at the University of Dayton Flyer Invitational. The Bobcats ended the tournament just five strokes out of first place.