Ravens golf team hires new program head

 The Carleton Ravens golf team has announced the hiringof newprogram head David McBain, who will be taking over from former head coach Andrew Donaldson. McBain was a varsity golfer himself with the Ravens team back in the 1970s. He was also one of the first two players ever to be awarded an athletic scholarship for golf in Canada. He spent the last five years as the golf team’s mental coach. “I feel the transition [from mental coach to head coach] is natural,” McBain said. McBain identified the short length of the U Sports golf season as a major challenge, because he said coaches and players are only able to spend a couple of months with one another. “Tryouts for the […]

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Leaving the nest: A Q&A with Carleton golfer Samantha Coates

The Charlatan talked to  women’s golfer and hockey player Samantha Coates about her athletic career and time at Carleton as she prepares to move on. The Charlatan (TC): What made you pursue golf as an athletic career? Samantha Coates (SC): I really only ever played it in the summer, because I played hockey in the winter. I just always really liked it and I had a knack for it, so it wasn’t as frustrating as other things. And I’m good, which makes it more fun. I wish I had taken it more seriously. I just always really liked it, I guess. TC: How did you and the golf team fare throughout your Ravens career? SC: Speaking for me, during my […]

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Grassing going to World Long Drive Championship

About a year ago, Mitch Grassing emptied his golf bag. He threw out his putter, used to roll the ball into the cup, his wedges, which bailed him out of trouble in the long grass, and his irons, meant to strike balls on the green with surgical precision. But he kept his driver, the club that launches golf balls a mile down the fairway. Leaving behind the sand traps and putting greens, Grassing is now part of the professional long drive circuit where the only thing that matters is how far he can hit the ball. After winning the Canadian Ontario Long Drive Shootout at Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club in Barrie, Ont. with a 381-yard bomb, the second-year […]

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Four Ravens golfers set history at nationals

Although the 2014 Canadian University/College Championships did not go how the Carleton Ravens golf team wanted, Samantha Coates, one of the Ravens golfers competing, said it was a historic achievement for the program. Four Carleton golfers travelled to Winnipeg and competed at nationals from June 3-6 at the Southwood Golf & Country Club—a number that Coates said is significant because it marked the most Ravens to ever attend the event. “We’ll always be able to say that we made athletic history [at Carleton],” she said. Three Ravens women attend Coates said she and two other members of the Carleton women’s golf team, Emily Boyko and Eva Johnston-Iafelice, became the first women to ever reach nationals in the history of the […]

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