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BCC Golfer Keith Greene Attains NJCAA All-America Status
May 21, 2013 - Keith Greene has made a name for himself in the storied history of Brevard Community College golf in several ways.
Greene, a sophomore from Debary, FL and Deltona High, has:
- Earned NJCAA Division I first-team All-America status by virtue of his finish in the just-concluded national championship tournament. Greene was named a second-team All-America after finishing eighth in the 2012 tournament.
- Become the 12th BCC golfer to earn All-America status in head coach Jamie Howell's 11-year tenure.
- Become the final golfer to earn All-America status for BCC since the college becomes Eastern Florida State College on July 1. All told, BCC has had more than 115 players earn All-America status since the program's inception in 1968, Howell said.
Greene earned his accolades by shooting 73-72-66-71-282 in the national tournament, finishing in a three-way tie for third, one stroke behind first place. BCC finished fifth as a team.
"I knew if I was playing the way I was playing coming into nationals then I would definitely be an All-American twice," Greene said. "It definitely means a lot. It's just a great way to close out the year. Going out as an All-American, it's a pretty good feeling."
Coach Jamie Howell, Arthur Leonard, Anthony Skirk, Kyle Benson, Keith Greene and Blake Biggs show their Titan spirit at the national tournament in Lubbock, TX.
By virtue of his accomplishments, Greene joins softball player and All-American Cassie Boggs, soccer player and All-American Lois Edvardsson and men's basketball player and Florida College System Activities Association Southern Conference Player of the Year Addison Spruill as BCC Student-Athletes of the Year.
Greene's accomplishments resonated with Howell.
"Keith Greene arrived at BCC in 2011 having played the majority of his junior golf in the shadow of 2011 national champion Billy Anderson, who also was from the Deltona/Deland area," Howell said.
"Keith's two years at Brevard were a time to grow out of the shadow and cast his own for future players to admire and respect. He bought into the premise he could play and score more efficiently by adjusting to course conditions as opposed to just going for it all the time. From tee to his green he is as solid as they come and his putting and short game improved noticeably."
Other players who earned All-America status under Howell are Jacob Davis, 2003 and 2004; Santiago Escobar, 2003 and 2004; Kasey Timms, 2005; David Johnson, 2006 and 2007; Steven Taylor, 2006; Devin Spies, 2008; Chris Goldan, 2008; Christian Blanchet, 2008; Spenser Baldwin, 2010; Kyle Martin, 2010 and 2011; Billy Anderson, 2011 and 2012.
Howell believes Greene is capable of much more.
"He was a good teammate to one and all and he is highly coachable," Howell said. "As his putting continues to improve you will read his name more and more in the world of competitive golf. I would look for him to one day be competing on the PGA Tour."
Howell's comments struck a chord with Greene.
"It definitely means a lot that someone can see that you have that much talent and playing ability," said Greene, who is weighing several offers from four-year schools.
"Coach Howell definitely knows that level of player. He's played with them. Playing with an ex-(European PGA) Tour player that used to play some pretty good golf at a pretty high level and he's saying that about me that's pretty special."