Edward Rowe and Bhavneet Sohal to join men’s golf team

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Men’s golf Head Coach Nick Pumford looking on at his team. Photo taken by Jose Juarez.

Christian Tate, Sports Reporter

The Golden Grizzlies Men’s Golf team has bolstered it’s ranks with two new signings coming to the team. 

Freshmen recruits Edward Rowe and Bhanveet Sohal have committed to and signed onto the team and Head Coach Nick Pumford couldn’t be happier about it. 

“I’m excited to add our new freshman to our already competitive roster. They’re going to come in hungry to compete right away which will only make our team stronger.” Pumford said in a press release. “They all have great international resumes so they will feel comfortable coming in and competing at a national level.” 

A native of Northern Ireland, Rowe is the young upstart winner of the Ulster Senior Cup, the Fred Daly All Ireland Champion and comes from Banbridge Academy. He is set to make a big splash this season and set the league on fire. 

Hills International College’s Bhanveet Sohal, a Queensland native, joins the team while being ranked as the 1,892nd best player in the world, according to the Official World Golf Rankings. He is sure to take his game to even further heights while wearing the black and gold. 

The Official World Golf Rankings takes professional golf players into account and Sohal is already ranking among the best in the world as a Freshman in college. He’s qualified for the 2020 Queensland Open and has even finished the Gary Player Junior Classic in fourth place. 

Rowe is no slouch either, having his fair share of wins and trophies to his name as well. They join an already competitive Golden Grizzlies team. Horizon League Player of the Year and graduate student athlete Thomas Giroux, the second individual champion in program history, is returning to the golf team for his fifth year of NCAA eligibility and is hoping to lead the team to unparalleled success this season. 

These acquisitions helped the team get younger, with most of its core being of senior status. Alongside the previously mentioned graduate Giroux, senior players Owen Tucci, Colin Sikkenga, Andrew Lack and Anthony Comito could very well be playing in their last season for the Golden Grizzlies, so it makes sense that Coach Pumford is looking to get more young guys into the locker room. 

Although it’s very unlikely given their already stellar international pedigree, it’s still possible we won’t see Rowe and Sohal really come into their own until next year or even later. The guidance and stability given to the team by their returning seniors could be crucial to their success. 

The Men’s Golf team has already seen it’s fair share of success this year. They won the Horizon League Championship with Thomas Giroux taking first place, and Oakland finished 13th place in the NCAA Regional. They also swept the Men’s Golf Horizon League awards. Rowe and Sohal will surely bolster their success for the upcoming season. 

When they start the season, they’ll be playing in the Earl Yestingmeir Invitational against Ball State University over two days.