Eastern Florida State College Men’s Golf Team Opens 2017 Spring Season Monday
By Michael Parsons, EFSC Sports // February 6, 2017
season begins at home with the Titan Winter Invitational at Suntree Country Club’s Classic Course
ABOVE VIDEO: The Eastern Florida State College men’s golf team opens the 2017 spring season Monday looking to build on the solid results of the fall.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Eastern Florida State College men’s golf team opens the 2017 spring season Monday looking to build on the solid results of the fall.
The season begins at home with the Titan Winter Invitational at Suntree Country Club’s Classic Course.
“Always a curious time as you approach the first event of the Spring season.
“The team had an extended break between Fall and Spring semester so everyone tends to be a bit rusty and sloppy thru-out January,” Eastern Florida State College men’s golf coach Jamie Howell said.
“On paper we look very good, now we need to take the time to perform as the guys have put in a good month of preparation for this event.”
The Titans will be tested as 15 teams are scheduled to compete in the two-day tournament that begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. on Monday morning.
The teams will play 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.
Among the teams competing is defending champion Johnson & Wales who is ranked No. 4 in the NAIA preseason ranking and has been to 16 straight NAIA National Championships, led by last year’s medalist Jake Bauer.
Southeastern University and Webber International are both also in the field and in the top 16 in the NAIA poll.
Among the NCAA Division II teams competing are Florida Tech, Embry-Riddle, Barry University, University of Tampa and Palm Beach Atlantic. Barry is one of the top teams in Division II men’s golf, starting the season at No. 4 in the rankings.
The Titans come into the event No. 6 in the NJCAA Division I preseason poll and are looking to make their 15th straight national appearance under Howell.
Bradley Bawden leads the Titans into the event, finishing tied for fourth in last year’s tourney. Bawden won an event in the fall and is looking forward to the spring season.
“We have been working hard and look forward to having a big spring season,” Bawden said.
Also making the trip to Suntree Country Club are Central Alabama Community College who are No. 4 in the NJCAA poll, Wallace State (13th) and Coastal Alabama CC.
“The Titan is a popular event, we host it every year on Super Bowl weekend and I have had a waiting list for the tournament for over 10 years.”
“Suntree is a marvelous venue, always in terrific condition and they treat everyone like members, we could not be more welcomed,” Howell said. “It’s nice to sleep in your own bed and play your own tournament and I enjoy running the tournament. It is our tournament.”
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