Saturday, February 6, 2010

Golfweek Invitational

The Spring season has begun! Following a long 8 hour drive in the Coker athletic bus, the Cobras’ men’s golf team is beginning to prepare for the Golfweek Division II Invitational in Reunion, FL. The tournament is taking place at the beautiful Independence Course designed by the famous golfer Tom Watson. For all the Cobra golf fans, will have live scoring so you can follow the team.
The Coker 5 consists of three seniors: Chris Marsh, Jimmy Gilliam, and Jay Goldenberg. Also two freshmen are teeing it up for the tournament beginning Sunday: Jake Murphy and Ben Conroy. Make sure you follow along on as the Cobras shoot for a big victory.

Golfweek Invitational Field:

Barton College
California State University - Chico
California State University Monterey
Carson Newman College
Clayton State University
Coker College
Dixie State College
Grand Canyon University
Lander University
Lynn University
Nova Southeastern University
Queens University
Rollins College
St. Edwards University
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Indianapolis
University of West Florida
Washburn University

Stay tuned for the results!

Jared Crane

Friday, January 22, 2010

Chris Marsh- A Cobra Golf Great

Every day at golf practice is a learning experience. The Coker men’s golf team is loaded with talent from all different parts of the world. Today I was able to play with one of the greats in Coker golf history. He goes by the name of Chris Marsh, from Georgetown, SC. I really enjoy his company on and off the golf course because I can learn from his experiences. Chris has won 4 collegiate golf tournaments and still has a semester of great play left. He also holds the low round record at Coker College with a course record 64 at Kiawah Island’s Cougar Point in Kiawah Island, SC. In the 2008-2009 seasons, Chris was named the Men’s Conference Carolinas golfer of the year.

Not only has he achieved much success in the collegiate golf scene, he has also reached the top level of amateur golf. In August of 2009, Chris competed in the men’s U.S. Amateur golf championship, which was held at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. It is nice to have someone who has accomplished so much like Chris to play and compete with everyday. This makes our team stronger and a force to be reckoned with.

Chris will be leaving Coker College this coming May and his presence will be missed. But … he still has a few tournaments left at Coker to help lead our team to more victories. Mr. Marsh has a very bright future ahead of him, and I would like to wish him the best of luck.

Please stay tuned for my next blog!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Spring = Success

As the weather starts to get better for our spring golf season, the scores are dropping. The Cobra men’s golf team is looking forward to a successful season with one of the strongest schedules in school history. Qualifying has begun and low numbers have already been posted. To start the qualifying, freshman Ben Conroy fired a blistering 66 to take the lead. Senior Jimmy Gillam was back to his normal solid play, with a round of 68. The competition is stiff for the four available traveling squad spots that will be determined from these 18 hole qualifying rounds.

Along with 18 hole qualifying, we are also competing in 9 hole red tee matches where the short game is strongly emphasized. The overall winner from the 5 red tee matches will receive the final spot on the traveling squad. Playing from the red tees allows us to hit our tee shots around the green. We are then faced with all types of short game shots. This is great preparation for our first tournament of the season – the Golfweek Invitational in Orlando, FL, February 7-9. I would like to add that, in the red tee matches, two rounds of 30 were shot by freshmen Ben Conroy and Jake Murphy.

Also, many thanks to the participants in the raffle fundraiser. It was a great success and has allowed us to afford much needed amenities.

Stay tuned for my next entry!