Sept. 8, 2017
QUEENS, N.Y. -
The St. John's men's golf team is gearing up to hit the greens for the first time this season, as the Red Storm will host The Doc Gimmler this weekend at the Bethpage Park (Red Course). Tee times for the Johnnies start Saturday at 8:50 a.m. at the Bethpage State Park Red Course.
About the Team
The Johnnies boast an all veteran five-man squad entering the fall that will feature juniors Seung Yub Baek , Jonathan Spicci, and Matthew Sweeney, along with sophomores Gerald Mackedon and James Smoot.
The Red Storm is coming off a successful 2016-17 season, as the squad tallied 10 individual top-10 finishes led by Mackedon and Baek. Competing in all 12 of the team's tournaments, the pair led the Red Storm to a second place showing at the Navy Spring Invitational, the Johnnies best team finish of the year.
Over the course of the season Mackedon had four top-10 finishes, including his first place victory at the Connecticut Cup, where he carded a 217 (+1) before winning in a one-hole playoff. Baek recorded his second-straight year with three top-10 finishes, in addition to pacing the Johnnies at the BIG EAST Championship where he tied for 11th place.
About the Field
The field for the Doc Gimmler will consist of 14 teams: Florida State, Navy, Villanova, UConn, Iona, Hofstra, Johnson & Wales, Towson, Harvard, Loyola (Md.), Yale, Rhode Island and St. John's.
Defending champion Rhode Island will return to compete for the Doc Gimmler team title after shooting a 279 (-1) overall in the tournament last year to edge out second place Seton Hall for the victory.
The individual title for the 2016 Doc Gimmler went to UConn's Jimmy Hervol, who carded a 199 (-11).
About Bethpage State Park
The Doc Gimmler features play on the Red Course at the Bethpage State Park, a 7,092 yard, par-70 track that opened in 1933 in Farmingdale, N.Y.
Bethpage Black, the Red course's more famous neighbor, served as the home to the 2002 & 2009 U.S. Open as well as the 2012 and 2016 Barclays. In addition Bethpage Black will serve as the location for the 2019 PGA Championship and the 2024 Ryder Cup.
About Doc Gimmler
In 2013, St. John's renamed the event from The McLaughlin to The Doc Gimmler to honor former Red Storm golf coach Jack "Doc" Gimmler. Gimmler came to St. John's in 1945 and helped lead the baseball team to the school's first College World Series in 1949.
After graduating, Gimmler went on to become the head athletic trainer for St. John's before taking over as the head coach of the men's golf team and Associate Director of Athletics.
Leading the Red Storm, Gimmler directed his team to the inaugural BIG EAST league title in 1979, winning nine championships over the first 11 years of the league, and finished either first or second in the BIG EAST in all but one season between 1979 and 1990. The long time coach also led St. John's to 10 Metropolitan championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances in his tenure.
Gimmler passed away in 1996 but will forever be remembered for his impact on collegiate golf, collegiate athletics, and St. John's over his more than four decades of service.
Live scoring for both days is available via GolfStat.
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