Newberry golf celebrates season at annual banquet
Friday, April 25, 2008

PROSPERITY, S.C. – The Newberry College men’s and women’s golf teams celebrated the end of the regular season on Thursday evening with the annual banquet at the Mid-Carolina Country Club in Prosperity, S.C.

Friends and family members of both the men’s and women’s team members gathered for a dessert dinner to recognize the achievements of Newberry College golf during the 2007-08 season.

Lauren Ressler, head coach for Lady Indian golf, was first to step up to the podium and honor her team. Newberry women’s golf team played in eight tournaments throughout the 2007-08 campaign and finished fifth or better in five events.

Individually, the Lady Indians had seven top five placements and nine top ten finishes.

Ressler also handed out individual team awards. Honored with the Most Inspirational Award was sophomore Sarah Grigor (Oakville, Ontario). The Lady Indians’ Most Valuable Golfer award went to sophomore Franziska Blum (Schweinfurt, Germany) and the Personal Best Award went to freshman Kathryn Puryear (Cayce, S.C.).

After the Lady Indians completed their award ceremony, Newberry head coach and South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year Brian McCants took center stage. 2008-09 was a banner year for Indian golf culminating in an impressive victory at the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament in Hickory, N.C.

The Indians won two tournaments this season as a team, garnered 10 top-five finishes and 13 top-10 placements. In addition to the SAC championship, Newberry also won their home tournament at the Mid-Carolina Club in September.

McCants was busy handing out the hardware in the latter portion of the evening with freshman Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) stealing the spotlight. Lown shared the team’s Most Valuable Player and Top Freshman awards with Daniel Stanley (Inman, S.C.). Lown and Stanley combined for nine top-3 placements.

Lown, the individual champion at the SAC tournament, was also honored with two additional awards. The freshman received the Hunter Mengal Award (lowest stroke average) and the Daniel Lee Award (most birdies during season).

Freshman Stephen Holmes (Chapin, S.C.) was the recipient of the Michael Edwards Award for most dedicated and sophomore Brandon Burnside (North Augusta, S.C.) received the Bob James Award for most improved.

“Tonight is always one of my favorite nights of the year,” remarked McCants as the seniors had finished up their speeches. “It was even more special because we were able to honor players both past and present who have meant a lot to our program. The seniors graduating this May are ending their careers the way they should; with a conference championship. I could not be more proud of what they have given our program.”

Though the season is over for the Lady Indians, Newberry College men’s golf will be advancing to play in the Southeast Regional tournament at the Atlantic/Southeast Super Regional at The Point Lake Golf Club in Belmont, N.C. on May 5-7.