Coach Nelson helped guide the Tornados to a stellar 2008 spring season.
BC Men's Golf 2007-08 Season in ReviewMay 18, 2008 BC Men’s Golf 2007-08 Season in Review
Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College men’s golf team put together a very good season in their second provisional year as NCAA Division II members and first year as a South Atlantic Conference provisional member.
After a strong number of showings in the 2007 fall season which included a tie for first-place at the Montreat Fall Invitational at Crooked Creek Golf Course in Hendersonville, N.C. on September 14th and 15th, the Tornados tore up the links in the spring season.
The Tornados opened up their 2008 spring season with an eighth-place showing at the Tusculum Men’s Invitational on March 8th and 9th, as the team recorded a one-round score of 302 for the rain shortened event.
Over the next five spring events, the Tornados did not finish any lower than fourth-place overall as a team. The Tornados started their stellar play by winning the Montreat College Spring Invitational tournament on March 17th and 18th. The victory was the fourth year in a row in which the Tornados have won the event, as BC posted a school-record low round of 287, -1, during the second day of the tournament.
BC then went on to finish second-place overall in the Pace Invitational tournament held in Myrtle Beach, S.C. on March 20th and 21st, which was followed by a fourth-place finish at the J. Ralph Hargett Invitational tournament in Charlotte, N.C.
The Tornados then took third-place overall in their own tournament, the 2nd Annual Independent Collegiate Invitational on April 7th and 8th, shooting a two-day score of 608 at the Etowah Valley Golf Club in Etowah, N.C.
BC then continued their great play at the South Atlantic Conference Championship Tournament, as the Tornados finished fourth-place overall for the two-day tournament, shooting a combined score of 912 over three rounds.
With their fourth-place finish at the SAC Championship tournament, the Tornados finished ahead of five SAC schools including Tusculum and Catawba who were both ranked in the top-10 of the NCAA Division II Southeastern Region.
For the spring season, the Tornados had five top-five finishes out of six tournaments.
The Tornados posted a head-to-head record of 23-11 against NCAA Division II schools this spring, which included a 12-7 head-to-head record against SAC schools.
Senior David Martinez led the Tornados for most of the season, as he posted three sub-par rounds this spring, with the lowest being a round of 69, -3, at the Pace Invitational tournament.
Martinez also posted a season stroke average of 75.8, which placed him in the top-25 of the South Atlantic Conference this season. Martinez’s stroke average was also the lowest stroke average for an individual for a season since Brevard College moved to a four-year institution in 1999.
Martinez and sophomore Grant Carnie each made the All-Tournament team three times this season, while Martinez was a runner-up to the tournament medalist at both the Pace Invitational and the Montreat College Spring Invitational tournaments.
BC had four individuals – Martinez, Carnie, Craig Galloway and Thomas Bush – combine to post 10 rounds of par or better this spring season.
“My team played well this spring,” commented head coach Dave Nelson. “Our goal was to compile a winning record against NCAA Division II schools, as well as within our conference. I was very proud that we reached our goals and excited about our ability to compete at the NCAA DII level.”
“David Martinez is the only player in our top-five that will graduate this year,” continued Nelson. “With four strong returning players and an excellent recruiting class next season, we are excited about our future.”