Tiger Golf Team Lands Two Spring Signees
May 7, 2004
Keven Fortin-Simard, the number three ranked player in Canada and Andrew Shiels have signed national letters with the University of Memphis and will play for Grant Robbins' Tiger golf team next season. The two new signees will join three previously announced commitments giving Memphis five new players for the 2004-05 season.
Fortin-Simard, a member of the Canadian Junior National Team, won the 2003 Quebec Junior Championship by nine strokes over his nearest competitor, after posting rounds of 68,75,68, and 71. A member of the Royal Canadian Golf Association Junior National Team, the native of Roberval, Quebec, was the runner-up in the 2003 International Junior Masters and placed seventh in the 2003 Canadian Junior National Championship. Recently, Fortin-Simard placed third in the World Junior Cup Qualifier in Costa Rica and will lead his team this summer in the Junior World Championships in Japan. Fortin-Simard, who has a career low round of 64, placed second in the 2002 Canadian National 16 and Under Tournament.
Shiels, a native Rockford, Illinois, is the winner of the 2003 IJGA Tournament of Champions. He placed third in the 2003 AJGA Chicago Junior and was fourth in last year's Illinois High School State Championship. The holder of the Aldeen Golf Club low round record at 67, Shiels won six tournaments during the summer of 2003 and accumulated a scoring average of 71.5 over his last 21 competitive rounds. An outstanding student-athlete, Shiels will receive an Honors Scholarship to attend the University of Memphis.
In November, the U of M announced three golf signees, including Ian Rochester from Cordova High School in Memphis, as well as Robbie Greenwell and Gavin Aldridge of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada.