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Jamie Howell, Golf Head Coach
NJCAA National Golf Tournament Wrap-up
May 31, 2012, Melbourne, FL - There are few constants in life but one is the presence of the Brevard Community College golf team at the NJCAA national tournament.
Appearing for the 10th time under 10-year head coach Jamie Howell and for the 43rd time in the tournament’s 53 years, the Titans finished eighth out of 23 teams at the 2012 Division I National Championship at the Sand Creek Station Golf Club in Newton, Kan.
Playing 72 holes over four days on the par 72, 7,100-yard course, the Titans finished 38 shots behind tournament winner Indian Hills Community College of Ottumwa, Iowa.
“It was a year of transition as the team graduated five sophomores in 2011 who finished
third in the nation at the national tournament, “Howell said. “While we had a sophomore
presence on the 2011-2012 team we were a young team from a competitive standpoint
and it showed in our final ranking of number eight in the country.
“The highlight of our trip was freshman Keith Greene finishing as a second team NJCAA All-American with his eighth-place finish. As a team eighth place is not what we had in mind and it was a wake call for all those graduating sophomores of how challenging national competition is and what they have to look forward to next year and the college they transfer to.”
Brevard is a seven-time national champion, the most recent coming in 1991. Also, seven Titan golfers were crowned as individual national champions.
The Titans were led this year by Greene who shot 70-73-81-73 for a 297. Jake Stirling of Meridian (Miss.) Community College was tournament medalist and national champion at two-under par 286. Other Titan golfers were sophomores Bryan Odaiyar (310, tied for 50th), Billy Anderson (312, tied for 59th), Justin Kalanquin (316, tied for 70th), and Travis Tolbert (320, tied for 80th).
Anderson, the 2011 national champion, also received national recognition, being named to the 2012 NJCAA Ping All-American Team in the Honorable Mention category. He is one of four graduates moving on to play golf at a four-year school, heading to the University of Florida.
Also moving on are Kalanquin, Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne; Odaiyar, University of New Orleans; and Tolbert, North Carolina’s Guilford University.
Returning for the 2012-2013 fall and spring seasons are Greene, Blake Biggs and Anthony Skirk. Incoming freshman are Nelson Apsey of Melbourne, Kyle Benson of Sarasota, Max Menkes of Viera, Nick Maynard of Round Rock, Texas, Tyler Howes of Harmony and Brett Maue of Ontario, Canada.