By Brian Roe, Sports Writer
ACU golf coach Mike Campbell supplemented the loss of seniors Pierre Goethals and Jeremy Reedy by adding two transfers and one high school prep player to the 2004-2005 golf team.
Kyle Byerly of Adams State (Colo.), Matthew Samples of New Mexico Military Institute and Jared Halbert of Round Rock High School announced in June their intentions of transferring to ACU.
High school prep player John Forbes of the United Kingdom and transfer Gareth Jones from New Mexico Junior College also committed to ACU, but Campbell said both decided not to come.
“We are excited about the new players and what they will add to our team,” Campbell said. “I expect the new guys to come in and compete and help us reach our goal of winning tournaments and reaching the regional tournament.”
Byerly, a product of the Metroplex, was a two-time all-district performer at Keller High School before moving to Colorado to play at Adams State. He was also the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year in 2003. Campbell said Byerly is a great addition and should contribute to the team immediately.
Samples comes to ACU from the New Mexico Military Institute. Sample, who went to Coppell High School in the Metroplex, was an all-district golfer before graduating in 2003. Campbell said Samples could contend as a top five player for the Wildcats.
Halbert was a two-time team captain at Round Rock High School. He was a three-year letterman and a two-time all-district selection. Campbell said Halbert has a lot of potential and will add depth to the squad this year.
The fall season is slated to begin Sep. 13 in Abilene at the Fairway Oaks Country Club.
“We plan to take it tournament by tournament but our first goal is to reach the regional tournament and our overall goal is to reach the national tournament,” Campbell said. “That’s what we play for and our goal this year is to play in the national tournament.”