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Don McMullen new WP golf coach

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Sep 07, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli I’m happy to have the opportunity to work with these young men. I love how competitive they are,” said Don McMullen, Worcester Prep’s new golf coach, pictured, right. The players mesh well and there is a lot of synergy between them, he added.

(Sept. 8, 2017) The Worcester Prep golf team stepped back on the course in mid-August, this year with a new head coach.

Don McMullen has taken over the program, which was led by Scot Dailey for the past three seasons.

“I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been a lot of fun the few weeks we’ve been out there,” McMullen said. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to work with these young men. I love how competitive they are.”

There are 11 golfers participating this year. Six are varsity veterans.

Dailey is the director of golf at GlenRiddle and because business is booming at the Berlin property and with such a busy schedule, he decided to step down as coach rather than not be able to devote his full attention to the Prep squad.

McMullen, who retired as president of Fortis College in Landover, Maryland, in June, heard the position as head Worcester golf coach was open, so he met with the school’s Director of Athletics, Matt McGinnis.

“I enjoy working with young people and seeing them improve week after week,” he said.

McMullen, who has a home in Ocean Pines, has been playing golf for more than 50 years. He is assisted by Jim McKee, who worked with Dailey the last few years.

“We’re a young team with four freshmen, but we have some experienced, good golfers. We’re going to be competitive and we’re going to have a lot of fun,” McMullen said. “As a team, our goal is to improve each week. I’d like to see them win the conference – they all have that goal – but most importantly, I want to see them have a lot of fun doing something they enjoy. I always ask them if they are having fun.”

Worcester won its first two matches of the season, tri-meets with Nandua and Chincoteague, Aug. 25 and Aug. 28.

Leading the team during the Aug. 25 opener was sophomore Colby Hook (85), senior captains Austin Taylor (92) and Brendan Miller (92) and junior Matt Durkin (104).

Miller, who is new to the golf team, shot an 81 to lead the Mallards during the Aug. 28 competition. Hook carded an 87, Taylor a 96 and Durkin a 99.

Although it is his first season as a member of the golf team, Miller has been playing for a number of years. He had competed for Worcester’s soccer team during the fall, but because of a couple bad concussions he said he was unable to play the sport anymore. So, he decided to try out for the golf team.

He is excited to be on the team and hopes to continue to shoot lower and lower as the season goes on and have fun his senior year.

“He’s a nice addition to the team this year,” McMullen said.

Taylor has been a member of the team for three years. His 41.4 average last year earned him All-Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference honors.

“We lost seven seniors and now we’ve got a lot of freshman coming up. I’m trying to coach them along the best I can,” he said. “The goal is to win the ESIAC and play the best we can.”

Miller and Taylor, the team’s only seniors, have been named captains.

Hook also earned a spot on the All-ESIAC Team with an average of 43.7 last year.

“I think this year me and Austin can help lead the team with the help of Brendan,” he said.

This is his second year competing for Worcester. Not only would he like to win a conference championship, but he is also shooting for Player of the Year.

Worcester had won the ESIAC championship for nine consecutive years before coming in second place in 2016. In 2016 the team finished with an overall record of 20-13-2 (8-5-1 ESIAC).

“Hopefully we can bring [the title] back this year,” Hook said. “It was disappointing [not winning last year], especially begin a freshman and one of the low shooters on the team. Hopefully we can change that luck.”

McMullen said the players mesh well and there is a lot of synergy between them.

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