NEWBERRY, S.C. - Although school is out of session, the Newberry College men's golf team continues its success as team members compete in summer tournaments. Rising juniors Ben Lown and Daniel Stanley have been particulary successful this summer, picking up wins in big tournaments and qualifying for some of the most prestigious events in the Carolinas.
Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) competed in an event on the 2009 Regions Cup amateur golf series, coming away with a tournament victory in the North Augusta Exchange Club/Persimmon Hill Classic on June 20-21 at the Persimmon Hill Golf Course near Saluda. Lown earned the win with rounds of 71 and 69 for a 4-under par 140. The Regions Cup is a tour-type circuit primarily in the Augusta area. Collegiate players are not eligible for the Cup championship, though Lown's win would place him in at least second in the standings if he were eligible. For more information on the Regions Cup, click here.
"It's great to see Ben win this tournament," head coach Brian McCants said. "I know that he has been working hard this summer on changes he and his instructor have been implementing. He was disappointed with his overall performance in 2008-09 and he told me during regionals that he couldn't wait to get home and get better over the summer. Ben elevating his game only makes us better, plus getting that taste of victory for him will reinforce that the changes being made are working."
Stanley (Inman, S.C.) has had a spectacular run of qualifying rounds so far this summer, as he will play in the 95th Carolinas Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Charleston on July 8-12. Stanley finished in a tie for second place in sectional qualifying at Cherokee National Golf Course in Gaffney. Stanley shot a 35-35=70 (-2), just one stroke behind Furman's Garland Ferrell.
The Carolinas Amateur will feature approximately 144 amateurs from North and South Carolina, beginning with two days of qualifying stroke play on July 8 and 9. From there, match play will be conducted on July 10, 11 and 12 to determine a champion. For more information on the Carolinas Amateur, click here.
Stanley was also tantalizingly close to qualifying for the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, and could still participate in the tournament as an alternate. Stanley tied for the final qualifying spot at the sectional qualifying tournament at Furman University Golf Course in Greenville with Corbin Mills and Michael Lawrence, both of Easley, after shooting a combined 143 through two rounds. Mills won a playoff between the three to advance to the APL in Norman, Okla., later this month.
"Daniel qualifying for the Carolinas Amateur is fantastic," McCants said. "That's a tournament where high caliber talent shows up. Daniel competing against players of that caliber will help him gauge where his game is at this stage of his career, knowing that professional golf is in his future. I know he can compete against the best anywhere at anytime. These events hopefully help him understand that he is as good as anybody else and go from there.
"I love for our players to stay competitive during the summer, that keeps the juices flowing. Plus, it gives them confidence that the hard work they're doing is paying off and serves as the best motivation to keep working," McCants added.
Make sure to stay tuned to www.NewberryAthleticSite.com throughout the summer for more updates on our golfers' summer triumphs.