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by Paul on 05/29/09 at 10:27 AM ET
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Retired high school golf coach Cornie Vantol isn’t surprised that Dan Bylsma has led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup finals in his first season as a head coach.
Vantol remembers Bylsma, who’s from Grand Haven, making an impact in his freshman year on the Muskegon Western Michigan Christian varsity golf team. Scott Bylsma, one of Dan’s older brothers, won the Class D individual state championship in 1980 with a score of 78. Dan took home the individual title four years later with a 72.
“I can understand that he’s a great coach,” said Vantol, who was the golf coach at WMC from 1984 to 2002. “He was a bright student. He knew the golf game very well. He didn’t need much coaching.”
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