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BCC Golf Team Set to Tee Up 2013 Spring Season
January 29, 2013 - How does a team improve on its record of reaching the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament for 10 straight years? Why, by reaching it 11 straight years.
That's the challenge facing Brevard Community College's golf team as it prepares for its spring season that begins with the Feb. 4-5 Titan Winter Invitational at Suntree Country Club.
It is the firm hope of head coach Jamie Howell that the season will end at the May 12-17 national tournament at the Rawls Course at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX. And that it will end with BCC atop the team leader board for the first time since its last national golf title in 1991.
BCC heads into the season ranked fifth nationally and Howell sees its main obstacle being nationally second-ranked Central Alabama which bested BCC in four fall season tournaments.
"With five events on our spring schedule and the results from the fall semester behind us the golf team is quite clear about what needs to be done to improve our performance on the course," said Howell who is in his 11th season as head coach. "If we can make fewer unforced errors and putt better we can compete for team titles this spring.
"With the right preparation and mindset I look for the team to improve a little at a time over the course of the first three events on the spring schedule. By then we should know who our top five players are and what needs to be done to refine any areas prior to districts in April."
BCC enters the spring with the same roster of players it had for the fall season: Freshmen Nelson Apsey of Melbourne, FL, Kyle Benson of Bradenton, FL, Tyler Howes of St. Cloud, FL, Brett Maue of St. Agatha, Ontario, Canada, Nicholas Maynard of Austin, TX and Arthur Leonard, of Hockley, England who recorded BCC's lone medalist finish of the fall season at the NJCAA Division I District 4 Fall Preview tournament in Pendleton, S.C.
Sophomores on the roster are Blake Biggs of Peoria, IL, Keith Greene of Debary, FL and Anthony Skirk of Viera, FL.
The pressure will be on BCC from the first drive off the first tee.
"Hosting the first event of the spring puts a bull's-eye right on the team as you always like to play well at home," Howell said. "There is a fine line balancing motivation and placing pressure on the team to perform."
The Titan Invitational is a 54-hole tournament played over two days with 36 holes on Feb. 4 and 18 holes on Feb. 5. Twelve colleges will attend with 15 teams competing. BCC will be seeking to win the event for the fourth consecutive year.
The public is welcome to attend.
Other events on the spring schedule are: Feb. 16-17 Elizabeth Kling Memorial Invitational, Faulkner State in Fairhope, AL; Feb. 28 match with St. Bonaventure University at the Rockledge Country Club; March 12 match against St. Peter's at Rockledge Country Club; March 18-19 Florida Tech's Panther Invitational at The Majors in Palm Bay, FL; April 1-2 Barry University Buccaneer Invitational (NCAA Division II event) at Miami Beach, FL; April 15-16 NJCAA District 4 tournament which is the qualifier for the national tournament.