NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Newberry College men’s golf program announced today the signing of five newcomers for the 2005-06 season. Billy Burrows, John Cuffe, Charles “Mac” Frye, J.R. Jones, and Brian Rush will suit up in the Scarlet and Gray next season to help the ever-improving Indians compete in the region and in the South Atlantic Conference.
Burrows, a freshman from Bluffton, S.C., enjoyed a good career at Hilton Head High School. He claimed the Hilton Head Island Junior Golf Association championship in June 2004 on rounds of 74 and 76. As a senior, Burrows had three regional wins in addition to medalist honors at the S.C. Region 8-AAAA Championships in April.
Cuffe, originally from England, claims Fishers, Ind., as his home town. He has competed on the Plantations Junior Golf Tour and the Future Collegians World Tour. A golfer since the age of five, Cuffe is a bright student and will contribute a great deal to the college as a student-athlete.
Frye comes to Newberry from Johns Island, S.C., and First Baptist Church School in downtown Charleston. He is a two-time SCISA All-State team member and once a Region Player of the Year runner-up. Frye won the 2004 Port City Golf Championship in Charleston by scoring 70 and 76.
Jones is a Washington, W.Va., native. He holds two West Virginia course records: a 62 round at South Hills and a 63 round at Northfork Valley. In 2004, Jones won three Top-Flite Junior Tour events and finished fourth in the tour’s standings. As a senior at Perkersburg South High School, he tied for first at the AAA regional championships to led PSHS to its first appearance in the state championships since 1994.
Rush, a rising junior, will come to Newberry from Spartanburg Methodist. Last year against the Indians, he won medalist honors at the Barton College Dogfight at the Neuse Tournament with a 13-under-par performance that left him ten shots clear of the field. His first-day 65 was one stroke off a course record. Rush was a member of the NJCAA All-Region X team at SMC.
“These young men will definitely add to the talent that is returning, and we’re extremely pleased to have them,” Newberry golf coach Brian McCants remarked. “We look for them collectively to accomplish a lot during their careers.”