NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry Men's golf program and head coach Brian McCants announced the 2008 recruiting class today. McCants and Newberry men's golf will be adding six incoming freshmen to the roster for the upcoming fall and spring seasons.
McCants looks to bolster a roster that featured four freshmen and one sophomore in the majority of tournaments last season. Newberry men's golf won the Mid-Carolina Classic and the 2008 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament in Hickory, N.C.
“I am very pleased to have these young men join our men's golf program,” said McCants, “I know these players will be able to adjust to college life and college golf because they are very well rounded individuals. I know these young men are very eager to get to campus and help us have an even bigger year in 2008-09.”
After adding the likes of Ben Lown, Daniel Stanley, John Allen Meetze, and Stephen Holmes last year, Newberry men's golf welcomes a new wave for the 2008-09 academic year.
Matthew Campbell, Rome, N.Y. - Graduate of Rome Free Academy High School and attended the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. in 2007-08. While at Rome Free Academy, Campbell was two-time player of the year for New York State Section III Class A-1. Matt won the 43rd and 44th Annual Rome City Amateur Championship in 2006. Matt was the youngest city amateur champion. Campbell was semifinalist in the 2007 New York State Amateur (65-69-66-74) and advanced to the round of 32 (70-70) in the 2008 New York State amateur. Matt was also a semifinalist in the New York State junior amateur in 2006 (71-76-69). Campbell shot 69-70-74 to finish ninth in the 2007 AJGA Heritage junior in Hilton Head, S.C.
Chase Durham, Chapin, S.C. - Graduate of from Chapin High School where he was a four year teammate of current Newberry golfers Stephen Holmes and John Allen Meetze. Chase was medalist at the 2007 SC 3-A Region 4 tournament with a score of 74. Durham was named player of the year in 2007 for 3-A Region 4.Chase finished second at 2007 Ford Picard Christmas Classic shooting 74. Chase finished seventh at Sertoma junior at North Augusta Country Club shooting 72-72-82. Durham was named most improved player at Chapin High School in 2006-07. Durham finished fourth in 2007 SC 3-A Lower State shooting 72.
Drew Falvey, Murrells Inlet, S.C. - Graduate of St. James High School. Falvey qualified for the 2008 Carolinas Amateur shooting a 74 at Woodcreek Farms Country Club in Columbia. Falvey, at the Carolinas Amateur at Cape Fear Country Club shot 74-80, missed cut. Drew qualified for 2008 South Carolina Amateur shooting 73 at Links of Stono Ferry in Charleston. Falvey missed qualifying for 2007 US Junior Amateur by shot shooting 73-71 at Santee National Golf Club in Santee, S.C. Drew was named to “Toast of the Coast” teams in 2007 & 2008 and nominated to the South team for the 2008 North/South All-Star team. Drew had lowest stroke average for SC 3-A Region 7 in 2008.
Matthew Killen, Alanby, Yorkshire, England - Killen was the captain of the Cottingham Parks squad while competing in the National Finals of the English Golf Union. Won the championship at the Yorkshire Boys Inter-District Champion Club event. Matthew was the East Riding of Yorkshire boys player of the year and received the Order of Merit.
Ryan Madigan, Waterford, Munster, Ireland—Graduate of De La Salle College in Waterford. Ryan attended International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head, S.C. in 2007-08 and was twice named Academy's most improved player. Madigan was a medalist at the 2008 IJGT The Legends at Parris Island shooting 72-71. Ryan was runner-up at 2007 Pinecrest Golf Club Championship shooting 72-76. Ryan shot 74-79 to finish sixth at IJGT Palmetto Hall and finished eighth at IJGT Wild Dunes shooting 79-74.
MacKenzie Stephens, Cross, S.C. - Graduate of Holly Hill Academy in Holly Hill, S.C. MacKenzie played on academy golf team with former Newberry player Martin Gasque that was the SCISA 2-A State Champion in 2004 and runner-up in 2005. Stephens was named to SCISA 2-A All-Region Team in 2007 & 2008 and Holly Hill Academy's most improved player in 2007.