At first glance, the 2011-12 Spring Hill College golf rosters appear to be misleadingly young as the men's team features only two seniors and the women just one. Appearances can be deceiving, however, as both Badger squads are actually quite experienced.
The men's team will be paced by juniors Nathan Ceille of Hales Corner, Wis., who played in seven of eight varsity events last season, and Joseph Webster of Trussville, Ala., who has played in 16 events in two seasons including all nine matches his freshman season. Sophomore Spencer Lane from St. Louis, Mo., was one of the top junior varsity golfers with the Badgers in 2010-11 while freshmen Robert Bo Cox of Gardendale, Ala., Jordan Portal from Miami, Fla., and Adam Spiller from Mobile's Cottage Hill Christian Academy bring impressive prep credentials into their college careers.
Seniors Wyatt Esteves of New Orleans, La., and J.D. Sabio of St. Louis will be important contributors to the Badger team this season while juniors Chris Cartmill of Chesterfield, Mo., Alan Flood of Fort Wright, Ky., and Scott Shields of Atlanta, Ga., should all push for varsity playing time.
For the underclassmen, sophomores Philip Dugan of Lake Forest, Ill., Lawton Kenny of Washington, D.C., Rickie Lee of Bayou LaBatre, Ala., and Danny Wagner of St. Louis will join freshman Devin Fredriksen of Pascagoula, Miss., on the junior varsity squad.
For the ladies' team, senior AnnMarie Coan of St. Louis leads a sophomore dominated roster. Katie Callahan of Prairie Village, Kan., Audrey Dombrowski of St. Louis and Avery Kyle were all starters as freshmen and saw action in each of the 10 Badger varsity events of last year. Joining them on the varsity squad will be freshman Rachel Failla from New Orleans, La.
Sophomore Shelly Husband from Pass Christian, Miss., and freshman Kayla Blalack of Satsuma (Ala.) High and Stephanie Lee of Mobile's Baker High will see time in individual and junior varsity action this year, but each looks to challenge for time in the starting line up.
The Badgers made a smooth transition into the competitive Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) last season and Head Coach Steve Hodges sees even better results ahead for his 16th season. "With both teams, we have a solid chance to be top contenders in the conference this year because of our returning experience," Hodges says. "While we are a young squad, the future is bright."
The Badgers' women's squad will next play at the University of Mobile Fall Classic at Herron Lake Country Club on Monday and Tuesday while the Badger men will play at the University of Mobile Fall Invitational at Heron Lake on October 31-November 1.