Tornados set to host Blue Ridge Mountain Challenge

Brevard, Newberry, Catawba and Tusculum set the field in the four team tournament

Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados are hosting a four team tournament on Saturday at the nearby Etowah Valley Country Club. Newberry, Tusculum and Catawba will all join Brevard as they tee up for a round on the course that was selected for the 2009 Food Lion South Atlantic Championships scheduled for April 20-21.

Brevard, coached by David Nelson, has been in action twice so far this spring, finishing seventh in the March 7-8, Tusculum Invitational, and finishing second this past weekend at the Montreat College Spring Invitational with a two-round score of 595, 19-over par.

The Tornados are led this season by junior Grant Carnie who finished tops for Brevard at Tusculum with a 17th place finish and by freshman Joshua Davis who made the all-tournament team at Montreat, finishing third with a two-day total of 145, 1-over.

Bret McGaughey, Thomas Rennie, and Craig Galloway also have contributed this season as McGaughey has a seventh place finish to his name, while Rennie and Galloway rounded out the group, carding scores to keep the team among the leaders.

Catawba has also recorded two top 10 finishes in the spring season, finishing 10th in the Outback Steakhouse Intercollegiate tournament on February 2-3, and sixth in the Chick-Fil-A Intercollegiate this past weekend in Hickory, N.C.

Eric Schmehl leads Coach Sam Gealy’s squad, having placed 25th in the Outback tournament with a two day score of 153, and recording all-tournament honors with a third place finish in the Chick-Fil-A tournament.

Newberry, fresh off a #23 ranking in the Golf World/Nike Golf Division II Coaches Poll, opened their season at the Outback tournament as well, down in Panama, Fla. with a fifth place finish. The scarlet and gray took fourth on February 16-17 in the 54-hole Southbridge Pirate Invitational in Savannah, Ga. Newberry also teed off in a 54-hole tournament on March 16-17 down in Lakeland, Fla. taking fifth in the Matlock Collegiate Classic.

Sophomore Daniel Stanley and freshman Matthew Campbell pace the Newberry squad under Coach Brian McCants. Stanley finished second in the Southbridge tournament, shooting a three round total of 214, 2-under, while Campbell recorded a fifth place finish at the Matlock Classic with 212, 4-under in three rounds.

The final member of the four team tournament, Tusculum College, has been in three tournaments this spring, finishing 12th in the Outback Steakhouse tournament, a third place finish in the Tusculum Invitational, and ended the Chick-Fil-A Intercollegiate this past weekend in fourth.

Chase Carroll leads the Pioneer squad under Coach Bob Dibble, finishing fourth in the Outback tournament, carding a two-day total of 144, even par, and ended in a tie for second in the Tusculum Invitational with teammate Lawson George at 140, 2-under par. Glenn Vicary finished fifth this past week in the Chick-Fil-A Intercollegiate with a two-round total of 151.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Mountain Challenge, contact the Brevard Sport Information Department at (828) 884-8288.

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