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BCC Golf Team Tees Off Tuesday at National Tournament

May 13, 2013 - Brevard Community College tees off Tuesday afternoon in pursuit of its eighth NJCAA Division I Golf National Championship Tournament title.

Playing on The Rawls Course in Lubbock, TX, BCC is making its 11th straight nationals appearance and its 44th in the tournament's 54-year history. BCC won national titles in 1971, 1976-1978, 1985, 1987 and 1991.

Representing the Titans are sophomores Blake Biggs — who finished as runner-up by one stroke at the District 4 tournament which BCC won — Keith Greene and Anthony Skirk and freshmen Arthur Leonard and Kyle Benson.

Benson tees off first in his threesome, at 1:54 p.m. Central time followed by Biggs at 2:06, Skirk at 2:18, Greene at 2:30 and Leonard at 2:42.

Twenty-four teams and four individuals are competing over the 72-hole tournament.

"Other teams know BCC is a contender to win the national championship," Greene said. "The advantage we have over these other teams is all of our guys work so well with each other. I consider them all brothers. When we are on the course our team chemistry helps us stay relaxed and focused. This will help us win Coach Howell's first national championship."

Skirk echoed Greene's optimism.

"It seems as though everyone's game is starting to peak at the right time, which would be very beneficial for us," Skirk said. "I think if we focus on our own games and develop a solid game plan for the course we will succeed."

Howell took a big picture view of the proceedings.

"The road to this year's national tournament began back in August when our fall term began," Howell said. "Ten months later and we are at the doorstep of the 2013 NJCAA National Championship for men's golf. The cliché states you don't win a championship on the first day but you could lose the opportunity.

"Our team members know exactly what is in front of them. They have trained very well over the course of this past year and the past two months have pointed to this week from a preparation standpoint. My reminder to them has been the same since day one in August: I will take our five every time in every event."

Heading into nationals Greene is leading BCC in scoring, averaging 74.08 for nine tournament appearances. Greene had three top-10 finishes: fifth, sixth and 10th.

Biggs played in 10 tournaments averaging 74.14. He had five top-10s: second, fifth twice and 10th twice. Skirk averaged 75.05 in seven tournaments with four top-10s: fourth, fifth and eighth twice.

Leonard averaged 74.44 in nine appearances with four top-10s: first, second, third and 10th. Benson averaged 75.47 in six tournaments with one top-10, a fifth.