Guess Whose Back
The 2017 edition of the Dean College golf team will feature an excellent mix of returners as well as newcomers who will add depth. Returning for Bulldogs are seniors Kyle Bemis (Mansfield, Mass.), Harry Caslowitz (Providence, R.I.) and Austin McCreary (Northampton, Mass.) as well as junior Chris DeLuca (Raritan, N.J.) and sophomores Michael McAuliffe (Dunstable, Mass.) and Josh McInnis (Topsfield, Mass.).
In addition to those six returning student-athletes, Dean welcomes four freshmen into the fold in Charlie Banks (Hanover, Mass.), Vinny Convertino (Canton, Mich.), Owen Madigan-Fried (Swampscott, Mass.) and Nathan Tuite (Hopkinton, Mass.).
The schedule is fast and furious for the Bulldogs. It kicks off with the Dean Invitational on Sunday, September 24 and then moves right into the Westfield State Invitational on Tuesday. Six other tournaments including the New England Collegiate Championship (NECC) dot the slate before the fall season wraps up in the middle of October.
Not Like Everyone Else
While most of Dean's intercollegiate teams can't compete in their respective sports conference championships in the first year of NECC membership and transition to the NCAA, golf is one sport that can. The Bulldogs will take part in the two-day NECC Championship beginning on Saturday, September 30 at Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston.
"Dean has a solid group of seniors, led by nationally-competitive Austin McCreary," said head coach Jay Leiendecker. "The addition of the freshman to go along with the sophomores could give us our best depth in years."
Leiendecker has guided the Bulldogs to regional success in recent years. In 2011 and 2012 Dean won back-to-back NJCAA Region XXI titles and McCreary himself finished 40th at the 2016 NJCAA Championship.