Mark DeCotis, Athletic Communications

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BCC Finishes Fifth in NJCAA Division I Golf National Championship Tournament

May 17, 2013 - Brevard Community College's golf team came up short in Friday's final round of the NJCAA Division I National Championship at The Rawls Course in Lubbock, TX, finishing fifth.

Central Alabama Community College won the championship with a total of 1150, one stroke better than second-place Odessa College of Texas.

BCC began Friday tied for fifth, six strokes off the lead, but could not make up the necessary ground, finishing nine strokes back.

BCC's fivesome combined for a final round 287 to go with earlier rounds of 299, 297 and 276 for a total of 1159. BCC finished eighth in 2012.

Individually BCC sophomore Keith Greene shot 71 on Friday for a four-round total of 282 in a three-way tie for third, one stroke off the winning total of 281 shared by T.J. Morgan of Meridian Community College and Aksel Olsen of Wallace State Community College. Olsen won the title in a playoff.

Greene lost in a playoff for the third-place medal but earned first-team All-America honors for his finish. Greene was a second-team All-America in 2012.

Greene's classmate Blake Biggs shot 74 on Friday for a total of 291, tied for 21st. Freshman Arthur Leonard finished with a 70 for a total of 292, tied for 29th. Sophomore Anthony Skirk shot 72 for a total of 294, tied for 37th and freshman Kyle Benson shot 74 for 312 and a tie for 112th.

Twenty-four teams and a total of 124 golfers competed.

The appearance in the tournament was BCC's 11th straight and its 44th in the tournament's 54-year history. The Titans have won seven national titles, the last one in 1991. BCC won the NJCAA District 4 title in April to advance to the national tournament.

"We played well from tee to green," BCC head coach Jamie Howell said. "The first two rounds set us back. We started out marginal on Friday but finished well but had too big of a deficit to make up.

"We finished fifth, if we had not three-putted so many times it would have been interesting to see how it turned out."