Newberry men's golf inks three during early signing period

Newberry men's golf inks three during early signing period
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College men's golf program and head coach Brian McCants are pleased to announce the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2009-10 academic year.

The early signees are Trey Dennis (Moncks Corner, S.C.) from Berkeley High School, Kevin Britton (Palm City, Fla.) from Jensen Beach High School and Chandler Gruenemeier (Jacksonville, Fla.) from The Paxon School.

“When I began evaluating and recruiting the class of 2009, these three young men graded out the highest as far as talent, potential and, perhaps most importantly, attitude,” McCants said, “These young men will no doubt come in next fall and compete for a spot.”

Trey Dennis was a 2007 South Carolina AAAA All-State member after shooting 75-76-69 at The Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C. Dennis also finished tied for 12th at the 2008 South Carolina Junior, shooting 71-73-76. Trey posted top-10 performances at the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier at Daniel Island, S.C. and The Blade Junior; shooting 75-77 and 75-77 respectively.

Most recently, Trey shot 73-74 to finish in a tie for eighth place at the George Holiday Junior held at Myrtle Beach National in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Currently, Dennis is ranked 18th in the South Carolina Junior Golf Association (SCJGA) rankings. Trey is the second player inside the SCJGA top-20 rankings to sign with Newberry College. Daniel Stanley was ranked 14th in November of 2006.

Kevin Britton shot a 68 to win medalist honors at the qualifier for the AJGA Heritage Junior. For the tournament, Kevin shot 72-74-75 and finished tied for 12th. Britton won the Junior Players Tour event at Easpointe Golf and Racquet Club after picking up a birdie on the first playoff hole in sudden death. Kevin shot 72-71 to get into the playoff.

Also competing at the U.S. Junior Amateur Qualifier in Daniel Island, S.C., Britton shot a 79-76. Kevin churned out a 71-74 to finish third at the South Florida PGA tournament in Key Largo, Fla. In November, Britton won the South Florida PGA Junior Tour Championship shooting 71-75 at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Britton was also the runner-up at the Junior Honda Classic played at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Chandler Gruenemeier was the runner-up at the Dr. Gordon Ira Junior Classic in Hyde Park, Fla. shooting 73-74. Chandler shot 75-76-70 and tied for 29th at the Florida Azalea Amateur at Palatka Country club in Palatka, Fla. Gruenemeier racked up three victories and two additional top-5 performances in very select junor events beginning with his victory at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Memorial Shootout in Ponte Vedra, Fla. after shooting a 74-71.

Chandler's two other victories came at the Don McNab Junior Invitational in Palatka, Fla. (68-70) and at the Back-to-School Invitational at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla. (67-68).

Locally, Gruenemeier has garnered top-5 finishes in South Carolina at The Beth Daniel Junior Azalea at The Country Club of Charleston with a 70-38 in a 27-hole rain shortened event. Recently, Gruenemeier shot 75-71 at The George Holiday Junior at Myrtle Beach National in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

“[Dennis, Britton, and Gruenemeier's] collective level of competition and accomplishment are the perfect compliment to the players we have here currently,” said McCants, “[The current team] has accomplished a lot themselves.”