Junior Brandon Matthews’ list of achievements grew on Friday when he was named to the 2015 American Athletic Conference Men’s Golf All-Conference team for the second consecutive year.
In 11 of 12 tournaments this year, Matthews placed among the Top 10 individual finishers. He also set a school record for season stroke average at 71.0, and tied program records for total victories (eight) and consecutive wins (three) during the spring portion of the schedule.
Matthews was also named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Golfer of the Month for April this past Wednesday.
On Monday, Matthews will compete in the U.S. Open qualifier at the Trump National Golf Club in Pine Hill, New Jersey before heading north to play in the NCAA Regional in New Haven, Connecticut at The Course at Yale next weekend.
Day One of the two-day Princeton Invitational took place Saturday afternoon at the Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square. Junior Brandon Matthews stayed hot, posting a 2-under-par 68 to lead the tournament at the halfway point. Matthews and Cornell’s Mike Graboyes were the only players to shoot under par on Saturday, as Graboyes posted a 69.
Temple sits in second place on the team leaderboard with a combined score of plus-15, four shots off Yale for the top spot. Senior Matt Teesdale had the second-best round for Temple with a 3-over 73. Freshman Evan Thornton was next with a 6-over. Senior Pat Ross, sophomore Evan Notaro and junior Liam Fahey rounded out the leaderboard for the Owls with rounds of 78, 79 and 83, respectively.
The tournament concludes Sunday afternoon in Ardmore at the Merion Golf Club, beginning at 11 a.m.
After what coach Brian Quinn called one of “the biggest wins in Temple University golf history” at the Furman Intercollegiate March 27-29, junior Brandon Matthews followed it up with a win at the Met Intercollegiate in Purchase, New York. He was then honored with the American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week award for his efforts.
The win in New York last weekend was the seventh of Matthews’ Temple career. Back-to-back victories for Matthews has his Golfstat.com ranking up to No. 39, which is the highest ranking of any golfer in The American. His average score per round sits at a 71.
Temple will be back in action this weekend at the Princeton Invitational.
After 36 holes of play at The Adams Cup in Newport, Rhode Island, Temple is tied for seventh place in the 16-team field with a score of 603.
Senior Matt Crescenzo shot a two-under 142 to lead the Owls.
Sophomore Brandon Matthews had a tough stretch on day one, carding a nine-over 81 during his morning round, but rebounded in the afternoon, shooting a one-over 73 and is tied with junior Mike Amole for 43nd place.
Junior Matt Teesdale is tied for 49th with an 11-over 155. Freshman Evan Galbreath carded a 15-over 159 to round out the lineup.
The Owls trail Hartford and Rhode Island by eight strokes for third place.
University of Central Florida leads the tournament with a 565.
The Adams Cup will conclude on Tuesday with eighteen holes of action.
Less than a year after his playing days at Temple concluded, Devin Bibeau is returning to Temple and has been named as an assistant coach to headman Brian Quinn.
Bibeau was a four-year letter winner and as a senior, placed fifth overall at the Atlantic 10 Men’s Golf Championship and vaulted himself to a Top 10 finish at the Wildcat Invitational.
Bibeau was also named to the A 10 All-Conference team during his senior campaign.
Geoff Sisk, a 1987 alum, finished in a three-way tie for first place in the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier held at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. on Monday afternoon and will be representing Temple in what will be Sisk’s seventh career U.S. Open.
Sisk shot a 68 in the opening round and a 69 in the second round, finishing with a four-under 137 to qualify for the Open Championship.
Despite shooting a four-under 67 in round two, Temple sophomore Brandon Matthews fell outside of the top four on the leaderboard, which will keep him from competing in the tournament. There is a glimmer of hope for the young phenom, though, as Matthews was was named as an alternate for the U.S. Open. He will be allowed to chip, putt and hit balls at the driving range next week in case a player withdraws.
The 2013 U.S. Open will be held at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. from June 10 to June 16.
Temple freshman Brandon Matthews and 1987 Temple graduate Geoff Sisk will tee off at the Century Country Club and Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, N.Y. with a chance to qualify for the 2013 U.S Open.
There are three spots remaining in the U.S. Open field, which will be held just a short commute away from North Broad Street at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa. from June 10 to 16.
Matthews made several headlines throughout his terrific freshman campaign in 2012-13. The DuPont, Pa. native positioned himself as the Owls’ No. 1 golfer moving forward, finishing second in the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship.
Matthews also claimed All-Conference honors and nabbed the A-10 Rookie of the Year Award.
During his tenure at Temple, Sisk was a four-time honorable mention All-American and turned pro in 1988, one calendar year after earning his degree.
Sisk has played in six U.S. Opens, most recently in 2011. He will look to advance to his seventh after shooting a 68 to qualify for today’s round.
Although her four-year stint with the women’s rowing team is now complete, newly graduated Paige O’Sullivan continues to be recognized as an outstanding student-athlete. Temple announced yesterday that O’Sullivan was named to the second team all-Mid-Atlantic Region by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, just a few weeks after the Somers Point, N.J. native was awarded first team A-10 All-Conference.
O’Sullivan, who recently received her bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation, was also the winner of the 2013 John Noisette Award—One that is presented to a Temple student each year for leadership and innovation in the therapeutic recreation field.
Additionally, last month, O’Sullivan was honored with the Temple Teammates Community Service Award for the second straight year at the university’s Breakfast of Champions.
Freshman Brandon Matthews has been named as one of the 25 golfers selected by the Golf Coaches Association of America to be a part of the NCAA Division I PING all-Northeast Region team.
In what turned out to be a stellar rookie season with Temple, Matthews’ 72.27 stroke average was the lowest among all Atlantic 10 Conference golfers. He placed second at the A-10 Championship, earning All-Conference honors in addition to being recognized as A-10 Rookie of the Year.