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Eastern Florida Golf Team Opens Fall Practice

Aug. 20, 2013 - The Eastern Florida State College golf team put the ball to the tee on Tuesday as it opened practice for its fall season.

Coming off a fifth-place finish in its 11th consecutive appearance in the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament last May the Titans face a challenging fall schedule that prepares them for the spring championship campaign.

Among opponents EFSC faces this fall is defending national champion Central Alabama Community College, meeting the Trojans in three different tournaments: Wallace State (AL), the NJCAA District 4 preview at Darton State College in Georgia and at the Central Alabama tournament that closes out the season.

EFSC opens its fall schedule with the Sept. 9-10 Wallace State Fall Invitational in Cullman, AL. It then competes in the Sept. 22-23 Webber Warrior Fall Invitational in Lake Wales, FL; the Oct. 21-22 Darton Fall Invitational in Albany, GA, that doubles as the District 4 preview; the Oct. 28-29: Rollins College Tar Invitational in Winter Park; the Nov. 1-3: Collegiate Players Cup Ryder Cup-style match-up with Melbourne's Florida Tech and finishes with the Nov. 11-12 Central Alabama Fall Invitational, Alexander City, AL.

"The fall season is vital as it gives you an idea of the character of the team and what they are capable of achieving," EFSC head coach Jamie Howell said.

"Fall will allow time for the freshmen to take it all in when it comes to our qualifying tournaments as well as competing in the actual college tournaments. One vital aspect of the fall season is not to overdo missing too much class time for the tournaments to which we travel and better recognize what aspect of each player's game needs attention and improvement as we move into the spring season."

Expected to provide low scores and leadership are sophomores Arthur Leonard of Hockley, England and Greensward College and Kyle Benson of Bradenton, FL and Lakewood Ranch High, both of whom competed at nationals. They are joined by classmates Nicholas Maynard of Austin, TX and Stony Point High and Brett Maue of St. Agatha, Ontario, Canada and Waterloo Oxford DSS.

Also on the fall roster are freshmen Dalton Bartlett of Cocoa, FL and Space Coast Jr./Sr. High; Lorenzo Bolivar of Orlando, FL and Timber Creek High; Drew Cooke of Homosassa, FL and Lecanto High School and Brad Gray of Logansport, IN and Lewis Cass Jr./Sr. High.

"I look for continued improvement from Arthur and Kyle Benson this year," Howell said. "Arthur got a taste of winning last year and given a better understanding of what to expect for the coming season both players will plan and prepare accordingly. They also will have the benefit of returning to some venues where they competed at last year and familiarity with a course can go a long way toward a better performance. Their leadership will be counted on every step of the way."

As for Maue and Maynard: "Brett and Nick will both look to improve upon last years' experience as well as bouncing back from a spring season that saw both of them struggle. Sometimes the world of golf just needs a little time to allow for adjustment and the rigors of competition on such a regular basis."