NEWBERRY, S.C. – The Newberry men’s golf team recently announced the addition of two recruits that will join the Indians for the 2006-07 school year. Harold Turner and Charles Wagner, both from South Carolina, have both signed letters of intent to play golf at Newberry.
“The state of South Carolina has a lot of great players and I am so happy to have both Charles and Harold here at Newberry because of the type of people they are and the families they come from,” stated head coach Brian McCants. “I know that they will represent Newberry College very well in whatever they do, and that is what it’s all about.”
Harold Turner, a current senior at Sumter High School, comes to Newberry via Sumter, S.C. Turner has been a member of one of the best high school golf teams in the state and has competed against some of the best players in the state as a member of the SCJGA. Currently, he is ranked 42nd in the SCJGA and has recorded top 10 finishes in such tournaments as the Junior Azalea, George Holiday, Ford Picard Christmas Classic, and The Players Championship, just to name a few. Turner was named to the Region VI AAAA All-Conference team in 2005 and is the two-time defending Junior Club Champion at Sunset Country Club in Sumter.
“We are very fortunate to have Harold join the men’s golf family,” said McCants. “Harold is a very good young player who has a lot of potential. I really believe that his best golf is in front of him. He has worked hard this year improving his game, and that hard work will pay off while he is here at Newberry.”
Charles Wagner, a native of Columbia, S.C., is currently attending Irmo High School. Wagner, who earned five top 10 finishes during the summer of 2005, has proved to be one of the best players in the state. His tied for fourth place finish at the SCGA Junior Championship allowed him to compete in the South Carolina-Georgia Matches, which pitted the top players from South Carolina and Georgia in a Ryder Cup-style format. Other top 10 finishes include The Florence CC Junior, SCJGA Blade Junior Classic, and The Junior Rice Planters, which attracts players from states outside of South Carolina. Additionally, Wagner was a member of the Region 5 All-Region Team and the All-Columbia Area Team in 2005.
“I feel as though fate brought Charles to Newberry,” added McCants. “I’m not sure that Charles would have ended up here had he not broken his foot in August. He had such a tremendous summer in 2005 that I’m sure he was on the radar of several Division I schools. We are very lucky to have Charles be a part of our family.”
The men's golf team will be in action next week, May 1-3, at the NCAA Atlantic/Southeast Super Regional which will be held at Rocky River Golf Club in Concord, N.C.