OSHAWA, Ont. - Following the completion of his sixth season as head coach, Durham Lords alumnus Tyler Martin has stepped down from the helm of the golf program.
Taking over as head coach of the program in 2013 following an illustrious playing career at Durham College, Martin guided the Lords to several provincial podium results and national event appearances throughout his six years leading the program.
In his first season as head coach, the Lords returned to the podium with an OCAA Division II bronze. Then in 2014, Martin was named OCAA coach of the year after a dramatic improvement from the season before, capturing OCAA Division I bronze at the 2014 provincial championship. The Lords would go on to finish in the Top 10 at the PING CCAA national championship that year as well.
He then received the OCAA honour again in 2016, making him coach of the year twice in four years. In 2016, competing with three freshmen on their squad, the Lords finished fourth at the provincial championship.
Returning to the third step on the OCAA podium in 2017, Martin and the Lords would also serve as host for the 2017 PING CCAA golf championships, finishing sixth at the national event.
"Tyler was a magnificent athlete when he was competing here as a Durham Lord and we knew when we brought him on board six years ago as head coach of the program that he would bring a consistent level of success to the Lords golf program," said Durham Lords athletic director Ken Babcock. "Tyler has shown tremendous commitment to the Durham Lords throughout his time as a coach and competitor and we know wherever he ends up next, that same level of success will follow."
Martin is an alumnus of Durham's professional golf management program in 2007, winning an astonishing 11 medals at provincial and national championships during his time competing at Durham, including becoming the first Lords golfer to win an individual PING CCAA national gold medal in 2005.
After graduation, Martin played on the PGA Tour Canada, earning his card in 2007 and competing across North America at elite level events from 2009-2011.
A new head coach for the Durham Lords golf program is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Source: Durham Lords