NEWBERRY, S.C. - Newberry College head men's golf coach Brian McCants announced today the signing of two new recruits for the 2006-07 season. Brandon Burnside of North Augusta, S.C., and Sean Collard of Gauteng, South Africa, will compete for the Indians in the upcoming season.
Burnside comes to Newberry from one of the premier high school golf programs in the state. He played three years at North Augusta High, receiving All-Region honors in 2004 and 2005. Also in 2004, he won the qualifier for the Fall Challenge and Players Championships, shooting a three-under-par score of 69. In 2005, he was a member of the T.W. Memorial All-Tournament team with scores of 79, 72.
"I am very pleased that Brandon will be coming to Newberry to further his golf career," said McCants. "His enthusiasm and desire to be the best player he can be were what really sold me on Brandon. He contacted me late in the recruiting game, but he really wanted to come to Newberry College and play golf, and I am a sucker for young people who have a desire to play golf. Brandon is a very bright young man, who has done very well in the classroom, in addition to his accomplishments on the golf course. He makes a perfect fit for the ideals of our golf program and the community of Newberry College."
Collard is coming to Newberry as a top-notch performer in his native country. He is a member of the South African Golf Foundation, an under-18 golf league which boasts the best juniors in the country. While in high school in Gauteng, Sean was victorious in the Parkview Tournament, shooting 70, 71. He also was the medalist at his high schoolís tournament shooting a two-under par 70. At his high schoolís regional tournament where 25 schools competed, the Gauteng School won the regional, with Sean winning the regional individually with another score of two-under par. Collard also competed in javelin, discus, and tennis in high school, and holds a junior black belt in karate. He is accomplished in the classroom as well, earning a Newberry College Founderís Scholarship.
"Sean coming to Newberry is a testament of the growth our golf program has undergone," McCants said. "He is our first international recruit, a young man that recruited Newberry College as much as Newberry College recruited him. Sean really wanted to come to the States and play collegiate golf. Like his fellow freshmen mates, he shares an enthusiasm for golf, and a desire to be the best player he can possibly be. Sean has the background of winning that we like, and that experience of winning will help us during his career. He is very well-rounded and mature, which will help him become acclimated to our culture once he gets to campus. I look for Sean to be an immediate contributor. Time will tell, but I think Sean could really push the returning players for a tournament roster spot."