Eastern Florida State Men’s Golf Begins the Spring Season at Annual Titan Winter Invitational

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Titans will host the 10-team, two-day tournament

The Eastern Florida State College men’s golf team begins the spring season Monday morning with the annual Titan Winter Invitational at Suntree Country Club. (EFSC image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Eastern Florida State College men’s golf team begins the spring season Monday morning with the annual Titan Winter Invitational at Suntree Country Club.

The Titans will host the 10-team, two-day tournament on the Challenge Course at Suntree Country Club on Monday and Tuesday.

“The Challenge Course goes all the way out and back so you don’t get back to the clubhouse until the 18thhole, I guess you could say it is more of an old traditional course,” Eastern Florida State College men’s golf coach Jamie Howell said.

“The wind can wreak havoc with players on the challenge course, so if we get our traditional wind, literally eight of the last 10 holes will be played into the wind.”

Joining the Titans, who enter the season No. 3 in the Bushnell Golfweek NJCAA Division 1 Coaches Poll, are No. 7 Jefferson State Community College, No. 8 Central Alabama Community College, and No. 10 Calhoun Community College as well as Wallace State.

Defending champions Keiser University, Southeastern, Webber International, and Andrew College will also be competing for the Titan Winter Invitational title.

“You have to think a bit more on the challenge course,” freshman Matt Gauntlett said.

“You have to play as well as you can on the front nine and hang on at the end. We just have to go out and play well and as long as we work hard and try our best, that is all we can do.”

Gauntlett finished the fall season with a second-place finish as well as two sixth-place finishes in the three tournaments.

“Last semester could not have gone much better for me personally and for the team, hopefully, we can continue playing well and be at the top at the end of this tournament.”

Freshman John Houchin finished in the top 10 in two of the three events and is ready to get the spring season started.

“I think we are ready. It is a great course, you have to be a little precise off the tee but if you hit your spots you will be fine,” Houchin said.

“The greens are amazing, so just trust your line and you can make putts. I love my driver and hitting tee shots, so it will definitely suit me really well, but you still have to go out and play. It is going to be a fun tournament.”

The Titan Winter Invitational is the first of five scheduled tournaments this spring before the District 4 Championship in April.

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