Local collegiate golfers scheduled to travel to Scotland
Published August 5, 2014
METRO DETROIT — Wayne State head golf coach Mike Horn has been selected to coach a group of current and former collegiate student-athletes in a competition that is set to take place in Scotland against a Scottish all-star team.
The 36-hole event is part of the USA Athletes International (USAAI) sports tours, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 12-21, with Horn’s team slated to play Aug. 15, depending on weather conditions.
All but one of the golfers on the team is from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Although players from other colleges make up part of the squad, six current or former Wayne State players are also on the team, including local golfers Tyler Haksluoto, who attended St. Clair Shores South Lake High School, and Austin Hill, of Troy, who attended Auburn Hills Avondale.
Dillon Horn, Tyler LaSerra, Alex LaSerra and Reid Dean are the other Wayne State players scheduled to make the trip.
Although players from the GLIAC also took a trip to Scotland last year, including Eric Johnson and Robert Favaro from Wayne State, Horn said it will be a first for him, as well as every other player on the team.
“Dream come true,” he said. “I was shocked — one, I’d be picked to do it. Two, it’s been a dream to go there myself. It is a brand new experience for every one of us.”
While Horn would like to come away from the event victorious, the result of the match isn’t the most important thing he wants his players to come away with.
“It’s a life experience,” he said. “We lost last year — pretty close match. But it’s not about the winning and losing. Amazing opportunity.”
While there can be many perks to making a trip to Scotland, there is one thing in particular many golfers might say they would like to do while they are there — play St. Andrews, which may be the oldest golf course in the world. It is a course Horn would like to play before leaving Scotland.
“Probably every guy you’d ask, their biggest interest beyond competition is to play the Old Course,” he said. “Everybody from Old Tom Morris to Tiger Woods has played the Old Course — chance of a lifetime.”