SAC Freshman, Coach of the Year wear scarlet and gray

SAC Freshman, Coach of the Year wear scarlet and gray
Monday, April 19, 2010 | by Chandler Gruenemeier is conference's best freshman and McCants wins third consecutive Coach of the Y

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Newberry College men's golf program picked up several South Atlantic Conference season awards including a third consecutive Coach of the Year honor for Brian McCants as released by the conference office on Sunday evening.

McCants' success at Newberry continues with the scarlet and gray notching seven top-10 placements and two tournament victories during an eight tournament schedule in 2009-10. Picking up back-to-back tournament wins in late September set the tone for the season as Newberry finished atop the leaderboard at The Honda of Columbia Fall Classic on September 18-19 and the State-Farm Laker Inviational on September 21-22.

The scarlet and gray nabbed a fourth place finish at the Outback Steakhouse Intercollegiate on February 1-2 and placements of 10th at the Matlock Collegiate Classic February 15-16 as well as the weather shortened Richard Rendleman Invitational on March 1-2. Newberry completed the spring schedule with a fourth place finish at the Bearcat Classic in Greenwood, S.C. on March 29-30.

In the course of the 2009-10 season, Newberry golf shattered the record books with nearly every team and individual record falling during the year. The scarlet and gray set a new team low for 18-holes with a 273 in the second round of The Honda of Columbia Fall Classic. The same tournament, hosted by Newberry at the Mid-Carolina Club in Prosperity, S.C., featured a new 54-hole low with a two round combined score of 551 (278-273).

Head coach Brian McCants also guided Newberry to a new 54-hole low at the Bearcat Classic with a three round total of 844. The scarlet and gray placed six individuals on all-tournament teams in eight competitions during the 2009-10 season.

Currently, Newberry is ranked No. 24 in the latest release of the Golf World/Nike Division II Coaches' Poll and seventh in last Friday's NCAA Division II Southeast Regional rankings.

The scarlet and gray received additional individual honors as freshman Chandler Gruenemeier (Jacksonville, Fla.) was named the SAC Freshman of the Year. Gruenemeier has been phenomenal in his first collegiate season with two top-10 and five top-15 placements. The 6-3, 230-pound freshman has a season stroke average of 72.8 and five sub-70 rounds.

Newberry has won the Freshman of the Year in the conference for the last three years consecutively. Sophomore Matthew Campbell (Rome, N.Y.) was the award's recipient in 2009 and junior Ben Lown (North Augusta, S.C.) won the honor in 2008.

Gruenemeier has picked up two all-tournament team honors and set a personal best with a second place finish at the Bearcat Classic. Gruenemeier shot a 54-hole combined stroke total of 208, which is tied for second in school history to Daniel Stanley's (Inman, S.C.) 207 at the same tournament.

Stanley and Gruenemeier were selected to the All-SAC first team along with Liam Ashby and Brad Robinson from Carson-Newman College as well as Eric Kennedy from Lincoln Memorial University.

A junior, Stanley has been a fixture for the Newberry men's golf program since arriving on campus and Sunday's release marked the second time Daniel has been named to the first team. Stanley was a second team All-SAC selection in 2008.

Despite fantastic freshman and sophomore seasons, Stanley won his first collegiate tournament this past March with a record-breaking showing at the Bearcat Classic. Needing just 207 strokes to complete 54 holes in Greenwood, Stanley set school record en route to a first place finish.

Daniel also holds the school records for an 18-hole low, a 66 which is tied with teammate Sean Collard (Gauteng, South Africa), and 36-hole low, a 135, both set at the State-Farm Laker Invitational. Stanley has two top-5 and five top-10 placements this season.

Newberry placed one team member on the second team All-SAC as Matthew Campbell was the third scarlet and gray golfer to receive a conference honor. Campbell was a second team All-SAC performer in 2008-09 as well.

The 6-3, 250-pound sophomore garnered four top-15 finishes during the season, featured a stroke average of 73.6, and two sub-70 rounds.

Campbell shares second team honors with Jack and Jason Garrett of Lenoir-Rhyne University, Jonathan Clapp of Catawba College, and Jamie Chapman of Lincoln Memorial.

Other awards from Sunday's release named Lincoln Memorial's Eric Kennedy the SAC Golfer of the Year and Wingate University's Braeden Jackson SAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

2010 SAC Men's Golf Award Winners
First Team
Liam Ashby, Carson-Newman
Brad Robinson, Carson-Newman
Eric Kennedy, Lincoln Memorial
Daniel Stanley, Newberry
Chandler Gruenemeier, Newberry

Second Team
Jonathan Clapp, Catawba
Jack Garrett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Jason Garrett, Lenoir-Rhyne
Jamie Chapman, Lincoln Memorial
Matthew Campbell, Newberry

Men's Golf Coach of the Year: Brian McCants, Newberry
Men's Golf Player of the Year: Eric Kennedy, Lincoln Memorial
Men's Golf Freshman of the Year: Chandler Gruenemeier, Newberry
Men's Golf Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Braeden Jackson, Wingate