Charleston Southern Golf September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to our first CSU Men’s Golf Newsletter. After being at Charleston Southern for a full year and meeting many former players and supporters of the program, I want to use this newsletter as a way to keep you informed on all the happenings in YOUR golf program. It’s never lost on me that everything we do, would not be possible without all the former players who have laid the foundation.

As I write to you, we are in the midst of preparing for our first tournament, September 9-11 at The Ocean Course. We welcomed six new Buccaneers to campus a few weeks ago and they have joined with our three returners, as we look to build on our fourth-place finish in the Big South last season.

Your interest and support of our program is vital to our success. I strongly encourage every former letterman, friend of the program, as well as parents of past and current players to join The Buc Club. Your membership, at any level, allows CSU Golf to continue to compete at the highest level by allowing us to enhance our practice facility, undertake capital projects, and support scholarships for our student athletes.

If I have not had the opportunity to meet you yet, please reach out to me at any time.

Go Bucs!

Coach Jason Payne


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Griffin and Patscot named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholars

Art Griffin and Dylan Patscot have been named Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America, becoming the first recipients of this award in program history. Just 266 Division I golfers earned the distinction, which honors those that have competed for at least three years, play in 50 percent of their team's competitive rounds, hold a stroke-average below 76.0 and maintain a career GPA of at least 3.2.

CSU was one of only three Big South Conference programs with multiple honorees. Griffin is returning to the Bucs this fall as a student assistant while he completes his undergraduate degree. Patscot graduated with a degree in Business Administration in May.

"It's great to see Art and Dylan recognized for their work on the course and in the classroom," said CSU head coach Jason Payne. "They both were a lot of fun to coach and are the type of kids we want in our program. This is also a credit to Betty Palmer (CSU's Director of Student-Athlete Success), who does a great job putting all our student-athletes in a position to excel."

Griffin earned Big South All-Academic honors last year and holds an impressive 3.6 GPA. The Lake Placid, N.Y., native highlighted his senior season with an individual victory at November's East Bay Deli Classic. Griffin qualified for his third consecutive United States Amateur earlier this summer while also competing in various amateur events around the country.

Patscot played the best golf of his college career as a senior, helping the Bucs collect a fourth-place finish at the Big South Championship. He compiled a 3.2 GPA at CSU and is now enrolled in the MBA program at College of Charleston.

The list of All-America Scholars also included 126 Division II players, 62 from Division III and 23 in NAIA.

Six Newcomers For 2018-2019 Season

Charleston Southern’s 2018-19 roster features a mix of three returners and six newcomers.

Front Row: Brandon McBride, Alan Smith, Parker Jones, Derrick Villarreal. Back Row: Connor Moore, Chris Finnie, Elliot Gothe, Johnnie Komara, Brandon Smith

Elliot Gothe, a junior from Sweden, emerged as one of CSU’s most consistent players last season. He was named Big South Golfer of the Week on April 12 after posting a career-best 6th-place finish at the Wofford Invitational.

Connor Moore earned a spot on the All-Big South Freshman Team after enrolling early last spring. The Bluffton native enjoyed an excellent summer on the South Carolina Amateur circuit.

Derrick Villarreal, a senior from Wisconsin, is the Bucs’ veteran, as he enters his fourth year in the program.

Chris Finnie and Brandon Smith come to CSU from Odessa College, whom they helped to the junior college national championship in 2017.

Johnny Komara and Parker Jones also arrive together from Calhoun Community College in Huntsville, Alabama.

Brandon McBride comes to CSU from May River H.S. in Bluffton, SC, while Alan Smith arrives on campus after spending four years at prestigious Hilton Head Prep.

Brandon Smith Takes Low Am at Arizona Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Just one day before stepping on campus for the fall semester, Charleston Southern men's golfer Brandon Smith achieved low amateur status at The Arizona Open Championship. Smith, a junior entering his first season at CSU, tied for seventh overall in a 156-competitior field featuring several former PGA Tour pros and numerous top college players from Power Five conference programs.

Smith completed the 54-hole championship at -4 thanks to a four-under 66 in the final round at Troon Country Club. Australian Jake Younan captured medalist honors with a composite score of -12. Kirk Triplett, who currently ranks 16th on the Champions Tour money list, tied for fourth.

Smith's showing was especially impressive considering it was his first tournament competing against professionals.

"I was pretty happy with how I played, even though I didn't get a practice round in," Smith said. "After the first round, I got in a groove, figured out what my game plan was going to be and executed it pretty well."

Smith hails from Las Vegas and is one of six newcomers on the Bucs' 2018-19 roster. He enjoyed a decorated two-year career at Odessa in West Texas, helping the school finish fourth at last spring's NJCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. Smith placed fourth as an individual.

"I had a good experience at Odessa and now I'm excited to get to Charleston and start playing Division I golf for (CSU head coach) Jason Payne," Smith said. "From the very beginning of the recruiting process, he showed a very big interest in getting me down there. It seems like he really cares about his players and I'm excited to be part of the program."

Connor Moore Ties for 7th at South Carolina Amateur

Connor Moore turned in a terrific summer of golf heading into his sophomore season at Charleston Southern. Moore placed second at the Hilton Head Amateur and the Hilton Head Open, achieving low amateur status in the latter event. The Bluffton product added another top-ten finish and a 12th-place showing at the South Carolina Open as part of a busy summer tournament slate.

“As a golfer, I’m not really sure I’d be in the position to succeed without last year’s experience” said Moore, who enrolled a semester early last spring. “I think my game needed to go through that little bit of a learning curve that the spring provided. With all the new guys we have, I’m excited about the season and think we can set some lofty goals and work hard to achieve them.”

CSU head coach Jason Payne is excited to see Moore’s game continue to grow.

“Connor coming in early in January and getting a spring season of experience under his belt was huge,” Payne said. “He should be a top performer for us this year and there’s no doubt he’s going to have a great career as a Buccaneer.”

2018-19 Schedule

Alumni Spotlight

Brooks Moore, a member of the first golf team at Charleston Southern, was a student here before the school had a campus to call home. Moore, who attended high school in Florence, S.C., arrived at Baptist College of Charleston in the fall of 1965. The school was beginning its first full academic year and utilizing North Charleston's First Baptist Church for classes and downtown Charleston's St. John Hotel (now The Mills House) for boarding. A $500 golf scholarship led Moore to Charleston and he is ever-grateful for it.

Moore is the longest-tenured member of the Buc Club and has served as its president, vice president and treasurer. He's a fixture, and a vocal one, at CSU games across multiple sports. To call Moore (BCC Class of 1969) a proud CSU alum and supporter is an understatement.

Brooks Moore likes a good story, and has plenty of them. Here’s three of Brooks’ favorite memories from his time teeing it up as a Buc.

1. Beating College of Charleston in 1965 for the team’s first victory: “That was big for us, as a bunch of freshmen playing more experienced guys. My brother made about a 15-foot putt on the last hole that won it for us.”

2. Teammate Frank Sullivan led the prestigious Azalea Open through two rounds: “He was a really good player and that was really good for the college ‘cause we were a brand new school and the Azalea was a big tournament.”

3. Camaraderie – “The camaraderie that we had was special. We just kind of all stuck together and were really close.”

The first golf team at Charleston Southern: (kneeling) Rodger Dobbins, George Taylor, David Wilson, Craig Powell. (standing) Coach Crosby, Larry "Tig" Elliott, Hugh Fields, Kenneth Moore, Brooks Moore, Frank Sullivan, and Joe Buckles.

The Buc Club

Our Buc Club members help to make student athlete success a reality. Your support helps provide equipment, travel assistance, recruiting costs, and facility enhancements. Most importantly, it helps enhance the spiritual, academic, and athletic development of our student athletes. 100% of your support goes directly to the Men's Golf program.

Click the button above to join The Buc Club and support the Men's Golf Team.

If you have any questions about joining the Buc Club and supporting Men's Golf, please contact Assistant Athletic Director for Development Tyler Davis at tdavis@csuniv.edu or (843) 863-7523.

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