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BCC Storms Back Into Contention in NJCAA National Golf Tournament

May 16, 2013 - Brevard Community College's golf team needed a big effort on Thursday to get back into contention at the NJCAA Division I Men's National Championship Tournament. And the Titans got it.

BCC shot 276 after its first two rounds of 299 and 297 that had it tied for 10th and 21 strokes in arrears. The rally put BCC into a tie for fifth at 872 just six strokes behind first-place Odessa. The 72-hole, 24-team tournament concludes with Friday's final round on The Rawls Course in Lubbock, TX.

BCC's five golfers all had banner days on Thursday. Sophomore Keith Greene blistered the course for a 66 while classmate Blake Biggs shot 68. Classmate Anthony Skirk and freshman Arthur Leonard carded 71s while freshman Kyle Benson shot 77.

Greene's effort moved him to a three-day total of 211 and a five-way tie for first place in the individual standings, up from a tie for 14th on Wednesday.

"There was no wind to speak of and we were finally holed some putts," BCC head coach Jamie Howell said of Thursday's effort. "We were in the tough end of the tee times the first two days and had the bulk of the wind each day.

"Thursday was sunny and warm and the guys did not dwell on the first two rounds."

As for what Friday might bring: "My goal when the day began was to get within 12 strokes," Howell said. "We won the Faulkner (State College) tournament (on Feb. 17) despite being 12 down heading into the final round. I'll feed off that vibe in a second."

BCC is competing in the tournament for the 11th straight year and is seeking its eighth national title.