The Berea College golf team is set to do something for the very first time in program history – play in the National Championships. The Mountaineers will be leaving this weekend bound for State College, Pennsylvania and the 2014 USCAA Golf National Championships.
The back nine, par 36, is a newly constructed nine holes completed in 1994 and new additions in 2006. It measures 3481 yards off the Nittany tees and provides a quite different experience than the front nine. The back nine not only includes 16 green side bunkers, but adds to the challenge by including 11 strategically placed fairway bunkers. Water hazards on the 14th and the 18th can add pressure to a seemingly easy tee shot. The back nine will provide the participants with large undulating greens and a links style atmosphere.
Leading the way for the Mountaineers will be long hitting Austin Worley. Coach Trent Milby believes that the PSU Blue Course's layout, especially the back nine, "will really fit Austin's eye." Sung Min "Kevin" Kim is also someone who Milby thinks will have a great showing, "any type of championship is a pressure cooker, consistency will be crucial, and Kevin is that for us as he is very steady." The other members of the squad looking to capture Berea College's first National Championship include: Ben Piercefield, Mike Scott, Trevor Humes and Derrick Lisaby to play well and make a strong showing team showing. The top four scores from each six-man team count for the overall team score.
"This is a big step for our golf program and athletic program as this is just the first of what we expect to be several USCAA National Championship qualifying programs for us this season and beyond," stated Director of Athletics Mark Cartmill.