|49ers Sign Two Standouts To Golf Program|
Charlotte, N.C. -- Charlotte 49ers head men's golf coach Ryan Cabbage has announced the signing of Daniel Hendry (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) and Thomas Rowland (Durham, Great Britain) to National Letters of Intent to play golf for the six-time Atlantic 10 Champion 49ers.
Hendry has lived in the United Arab Emirates for over 10 years. He was the Middle East Junior Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and was the Middle East Junior Order of Merit winner both years. Middle East Golfer Magazine also named him the Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Rowland was the Northumberland U18 County champion in 2010 and 2011 and the St. Andrews Boys champion in 2010. He won the St. Andrews' Boys Championship by capturing the semifinal and championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
"We are very excited to have Daniel and Thomas joining us in our program here at Charlotte," said Cabbage. "Both are extremely hard workers and have extensive international playing experience with wonderful results. They will be tremendous assets to our program both on and off the golf course.
At age 13, Hendry became the youngest-ever Middle East qualifier for the Faldo Asian Series, where he played in the finals at Mission Hills in China. Originally from Scotland, Hendry finished 4th in his first Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship. His win at the George McDonald Memorial Bowl for low U16 gross sealed his selection to the Scottish National team for both 2010 and 2011. He represented Scotland in the Home Internationals and the International Quadrangular against Italy, France and Sweden in 2011. During the 2011-12 season, Hendry posted wins at the Middle East RAK Men's Amateur Open and the Abu Dhabi Men's Amateur Open. He also equaled the course record on the final day of the Shaikh Rashid Men's Open Championship. He also won the prestigious British Daily Telegraph Junior Championship.
Rowland represented England in Canada helping England win the International Junior Challenge by 20 shots. He was selected for the England U18 squad in 2010-11 and the England Men's A squad 2011-12. He recorded three top 10 finishes in national events for 2011 with a 6th place at the Fairhaven trophy, another 6th in the North of England youths championship and a 7th in the prestigious Lee Westwood trophy.
The duo joins John Boehme (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.), Daniel Brantley (Asheboro, N.C.) and Riley Davenport (Woodstock, Ga.), who all signed in the fall.
Charlotte, which has won each of the six Atlantic 10 Championships since joining the league in 2005, will defend its title, this weekend at the 2012 Atlantic 10 Championships. Charlotte has also been to a school-record seven straight NCAA Tournaments in men's golf.