NEWBERRY, S.C. - Members of the Newberry College men's golf team have continued their success in amateur events this summer, with five Indians qualifying for the South Carolina Amateur Championship. The tournament will be held August 2-5 at The Country Club of South Carolina in Florence, S.C.
Newberry golfers who qualified are rising junior Colby Hyduke (Bennettsville, S.C.), rising junior Billy Burrows (Bluffton, S.C.), entering freshman Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.), entering freshman Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.) and rising sophomore Harold Turner (Sumter, S.C.).
Burrows, Hyduke and Lown qualified on July 13 at the Northwoods Country Club in Columbia, S.C. Hyduke and Lown both shot rounds of 73, with Burrows coming in at 74. The 19 best finishers and players tied for 19th qualified for the Amateur. Burrows' final stroke sent him to the tournament, as he made an up-and-down from 30 yards short of the green to qualify.
Turner qualified from a similar situation, as his round of 72 at Sunset Country Club in Sumter placed him in the top 21 on July 18. Stephen Holmes (Chapin, S.C.) bogeyed the 18th hole, carding a 73 and missing the Amateur by one stroke. Stanley was exempt from qualifying by virtue of his qualification for the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Hyduke was also a participant at the prestigious Southern Amateur last week. He shot a 77 in the first round and 73 in the second round, but unfortunately did not make the cut. He had qualified for the event by shooting an even-par 71 at the Shaftsbury Glen Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
On Monday, four Indians fell just short of qualifying for the U.S. Amateur in a qualifying event at The Patriot Golf Club at Grand Harbor in Ninety Six, S.C. The cut for the event was set at 74, and three Newberry golfers were within two strokes of qualifying. Hyduke shot a 75, with a bogey on the 17th hole keeping him out. Holmes and Turner each shot 76 and missed the cut by having a triple bogey in their rounds. Chris Weidner, an incoming freshman from Columbia, S.C., shot an 83 at the event.
"The outstanding performances of these young men are continuing the trend of very solid play throughout the summer in various tournaments," Newberry head coach Brian McCants said. "To have five players qualify is something the menís golf family is very proud of. We have not had this many make it through qualifying before, so it continues the excitement that has happened the entire summer. We wish them the best of luck and know that they will represent Newberry College in the proudest of fashions."