BREVARD, N.C. – Following a strong fall segment in which the men’s golf program finished runner-up at both the Etowah and Hummingbird Intercollegiate, the Tornados take to the links this coming spring in hopes of turning heads and leaving their impact felt across the South Atlantic Conference.
In his final go as head of the Tornados men’s golf program, David Nelson knows he has the talent to compete with the SAC’s top tier and is hoping that the teams success from the fall will carry over into the coming months.
“I have high expectations for this season,” said Nelson. “I feel we are a top-three team in the conference and finally have enough experience to handle the pressure of winning some events. Currently, my top five features four seniors who have all seen significant playing time in their four years and one talented sophomore. Our best player so far this spring has been Steffen Heckele (Oberndorf, Germany). “
In addition to Heckele, the Tornados remaining top-five members feature a seasoned playing average that has contributed to a large amount of success for each returner. Senior Luis Vega (Madrid, Spain) leads the senior pack, looking to cap off an outstanding career for the blue and white, which includes an All-Conference Honorable Mention selection during his sophomore year. Senior Oskar Lundgren has been a two-time team MVP, while also collecting All-SAC 2nd Team All-Conference honors last season.
In addition to Vega and Lundgren, coach Nelson welcomes the return of senior Sebastian Strehl (Asperg, Germany), who earned team MVP his freshman year and has been playing some of his best golf entering the spring season. While senior Paul Calac (Valley Center, Calif.) returns for his final championship segment, having been a staple for the Tornados top-five since he arrived as a freshman. All of the above mentioned players possess the ability post subpar rounds and lead the Tornados to their first ever SAC Championship.
Though Heckele, Vega, Lundgren, Calac and Strehl have qualified in the top-five for the Tornados opening tournament, a dark horse to watch in the coming weeks is sophomore Austin Fisher (Hendersonville, N.C.) who cracked Brevard’s top-five back in the fall is a player that continues to develop on a daily basis and could see himself playing as either an individual or inside the teams top-five.
Brevard is slated to open the spring tomorrow, Feb. 18 as they travel to Greenville, S.C. to take part in the Bruins Spring Golf Invitational, before playing in the Richard Rendleman Fe. 27-18 and the SAC Golf Championship, Apr. 23-25 in Salisbury, N.C.