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BLOG: Coach McCants' Blogging Debut

Hello Golfers, welcome to the exciting debut of my blog! As usual, I'm running about two years behind the technology mainstream. So, after collecting my 2-stroke penalty for missing my initial technology "tee time," I'm ready to pipe my drive right down the center of the fairway.

Summer 2009 has been just what I needed. Anybody who asks how I'm doing, my favorite response is that I'm living the dream! What a great job in that I get to travel to such awesome golf courses here in South Carolina, watch very talented golfers, and I get to WALK (which satisfies my doctor's instruction of exercise). Somehow, I've got people thinking that I'm working hard! 

After our Super Regional in Florence, Alabama ended the first week of May, I was able to get a lot of down time, which got my batteries ready for the recruiting season of June-August. So far, I've been to Charleston, Hilton Head, Greenwood, Athens, Ga., Rock Hill, and tomorrow I head to Greenville. The interest for our program from players in 2010 has been great, and that certainly motivates me to watch them compete! I appreciate the awesome hospitality of my good friends in Charleston and Hilton Head who let me stay with them while I was in town. While in Hilton Head, I shared a great meal with our Director of Golf, Rusty Casey, and his family at Crane's, a great restaurant on the Island. I highly recommend that place if ever you're there. Hopefully, I get to return to Hilton Head in just a couple of weeks for the South Carolina Amateur at Berkeley Hall Plantation. You talk about an awesome facility... holy moly!

Now that we're six weeks out from the start of school, my attention begins to shift towards the beginning of our 2009-10 season here at Newberry. The recruiting season still has a few tournaments to go, but now it's time to start the focus on returners. To say that I'm looking forward to this year getting underway is an understatement. I have all of our players from 2008-09 returning, plus I'm eager to see how the newcomers arriving next month will adjust. We're inside of two months before our first tournament of 2009, the Kiawah Island Invitational hosted by USC-Aiken. This is always a great event, the perfect place to get your year started. It will be exciting to see if the roster for Kiawah will have familiar faces or if new faces will be making their debuts. Rest assured, all of you will find out in upcoming blogs.

To "tap in" and finish this blog, congratulations to Brandon Burnside. Brandon received one of the highest honors in college golf by being awarded a Srixon/Cleveland Golf GCAA All-America Scholar for 2008-09! Brandon set this achievement as one of his goals entering the year and I am so happy/proud of him that he was able to achieve this honor.  Well done Bernie!

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