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William Woods to induct two golf individuals, two golf teams into Hall of Fame in October

by Robby Campbell | June 21, 2022 at 1:30 a.m.

The William Woods athletic department will induct four new members into the school's Hall of Fame, which was announced in a press release Monday.

The 2022 William Woods Hall of Fame class includes Myriam Hassan (women's golf), Billy McKenzie (men's golf), the 2014-15 men's golf team and the 2014-15 women's golf team.

William Woods' ninth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Oct. 14.

Hassan was on the women's golf team from 2012-16.

In her first season, Hassan earned what she considers her greatest achievement -- receiving the 2013 American Midwest Conference Freshman of the Year honor.

The accolades kept coming in for Hassan. In four season with the Owls, she was named all-AMC four times, All-American four times, AMC Player of the Year two times (2013, '14) and won the Helen Stephens Award in 2015.

Hassan led her team to four straight AMC championships and four consecutive NAIA national championship appearances.

The Owls were national runners-up in 2016 and tied for second nationally in 2015. They also placed fourth in 2014

On the course, Hassan guided William Woods to a school record 6-under-par 282 at the 2014 CMU Invitational, along with leading the team to numerous No. 1 national rankings, including the final 2016 NAIA Coaches' Poll. She also led her team to two No. 1 finishes in the National Golfstat Scoring Ranks.

McKenzie was a member of the men's golf team from 2014-17.

During his freshman season, McKenzie received the Mickelson Award as the top freshman in the country in 2014.

McKenzie ended his career as a four-time All-AMC recipient, a four-time NAIA All-American and a four-time Northern California Golf Association All-American.

Not only that, McKenzie led his team to four straight NAIA national championship appearances, four straight Top 4 National Golfstat Final Team Rankings, four straight AMC championships and a No. 1 ranking in the final 2016 NAIA Coaches' Poll. He also guided the team to a school-record 18-hole round, carding a 25-under 263.

Individually, McKenzie received AMC Player of the Year in 2016 and '17, was the AMC individual champion in 2015 and '17 and was a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award (NAIA Player of the Year) in 2015, '16 and '17.

After graduating from William Woods, McKenzie pursued a career playing golf as a member of the PGA EuroPro Tour.

The 2014-15 men's golf team finished runner-up at the 2015 NAIA national championships, the highest team finish in William Woods history. The Owls were ranked No. 1 in the country for much of the season and finished the season with the school record for stroke average with 288.86.

Coached by Barry Doty, the team was comprised of David Houlding, McKenzie, Stan Gautier, Matt Wells, Alasdair McDougall, Julian Taylor, Will Rushworth, Brendan Lindsay, Jack Clarkson, Mark Martin, Cruz Buchanan, Tyler Daly, Bryan Mach, Tyler Hamilton, Alex Stear, Dillon Klein, Jordan Russell, Nic Keithley and Jordan Riffe.

The Owls finished with a 128-5-1 overall record, beating all opponents by a combined 5,870 strokes. They won the AMC team title by 25 strokes.

Adding onto its impressive resume, William Woods played NCAA Division I and Division II teams, beating them all by 158 strokes and 465 strokes, respectively.

The 2014-15 team ranked No. 2 in all of college golf, behind NCAA Division I Wake Forest for the fall season. The Owls also won the Missouri Intercollegiate for the fourth straight year.

William Woods' team featured seven NAIA All-Americans -- Houlding, McKenzie, Gautier, Wells, Taylor, Clarkson and McDougall.

Houlding finished the season as the individual runner-up at the NAIA national championships.

That season, the Owls attended 11 tournaments and won eight total championships, including the NCAA Division I Western Illinois Invitational.

Not only did William Woods' men's golf team have an exceptional season in 2014-15, its women's team did, too.

The William Woods women's golf team finished runner-up at the 2015 NAIA national championships, the highest postseason finish in program history.

William Woods ranked No. 1 in the country in scoring and adjusted scoring, finishing the year with a school record for team score average, registering 300.82.

Led by Doty, the roster included Celia Mansour, Katie Warren, Hassan, Andrea Agniel, Jodie Peacock, Megan Cullen, Joni Purvis, Alejandra Ferrer, Valerie Mielziner, Alex Bankovich, Nikki Callahan, Cassie Kennedy, Kelli Mulligan and Sadie Votruba.

For the season, the Owls finished with a 90-6-2 overall record, beating all opponents by a combined 7,627 strokes.

William Woods won the AMC team title by 57 strokes. The Owls also finished the AMC schedule undefeated (18-0) and finished runner-up at the 2015 NAIA national championships.

The team featured seven NAIA All-Americans -- Hassan, Peacock, Warren, Mansour, Agniel, Ferrer and Cullen. Five members were ranked in the Top 18 nationally, four were ranked in the Top 10.

In its historic season, William Woods attended nine tournaments, winning seven total championships.

The Owls' only losses were at Indiana State and Embry Riddle in early March 2015.

In addition, William Woods had a 10-1 record against NCAA Division I schools, defeating all opponents by 251 strokes.

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