Freshman class powers Men's Golf team to tremendous fall season

BREVARD, N.C. – Despite officially having a spring competition schedule, the Brevard College men’s golf team is making quite a splash on the national scene this fall.

The Tornados’ schedule includes five tournaments in the fall and five more in the spring, when the conference and NCAA tournaments will be conducted. Through four events, the Tornados have performed exceptionally well, with two top-five team finishes, including a runner-up finish at the Etowah Intercollegiate that Brevard hosted, despite playing a schedule loaded with Division I and top Division II teams.

Brevard’s freshman class, made up of six golfers who hail from four different nations, is currently ranked second in Division II by Golfstat. Norwegian Trym Falch led Brevard to a third-place finish at the Walters State Fall Classic last week in Tennessee with his fourth-place effort. Fellow freshmen Alejandro Montanes, who hails from Spain, and Scotland’s Craig Stephen also played on Brevard’s first team during the tournament and helped the Tornados to complete the tournament behind only Tusculum and Walters State.

"This was one of the largest freshman classes I've recruited in years,” said head coach Dave Nelson. “Their talent level is as good as ever.”

"Three of my six recruits have been playing in my top five all fall,” Nelson continued. “Two of those three have already had a top-five finish at a tournament. Their play has been very consistent.”

The team’s best performance was its runner-up finish at the Etowah Intercollegiate played near campus in Etowah, North Carolina. The Tornados finished five strokes off the pace set by North Greenville en route to a runner-up finish. Montanes’ two-under 70 in the final round was the lowest single-round score of any participant as he finished the tournament in a tie for second.

“This freshman class, combined with the five returning sophomores, makes us very young team. Many players this young don't even get into events their first few years.  By the end of the year this group will be ready to play at another level in the future.”

For its final competition of the fall, Brevard will travel down Highway 64 to Cashiers for the Hummingbird Intercollegiate, hosted by Western Carolina at the Country Club of Sapphire Valley. Brevard and No. 21 Wingate are the only two Division II teams in a 12-team field that includes Western Carolina, Clemson, Furman, Wofford, Marshall, Samford, and a group of individuals from Duke. Due to forecasted wintry weather in the area this weekend, the 36-hole tournament will be played with a unique Friday-Sunday format.

I've put together a strong schedule to give them the experience they need to learn how to win at this level,” Nelson said. “This will be a team that will contend for the conference championship over the next three to four years". 

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