GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Covenant men's golf team has been selected to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Men's Golf Championship field, announced the organization on Thursday afternoon.
The tournament will be held in Panama City Beach, Fla., hosted by The Hombre Golf Club on October 21-23, 2013.
This will mark the second time in school history that the team has been invited. It will also be the fourth time that a Covenant player or team has been selected to the field.
"I'm more than excited about this opportunity, especially since it is my senior year," said senior captain Cameron Lewis. "We have a great group of guys who just happen to be spectacular golfers and knowing that I'll be able to spend this opportunity with them makes it even better."
Covenant has participated in one event this fall, but earned the top spot in the Piedmont Fall Invitational behind medalist James Van Nice's strong two-day performance. Van Nice had a two-day score of 151 to win the individual title by four strokes. Van Nice became just the third Covenant golfer to claim an individual top spot in program history.
It has been an interesting fall season for the men as they won the Invitational without a head coach. Covenant announced earlier on Thursday that David Conrady has accepted the position of head golf coach. In the mean time, it has been up to players like Lewis and others to make sure the team practices and is ready for the next event..
"Our team has four to five guys who are natural leaders in their unique ways," added Lewis. "We were able to keep practices structured to a point that we got better with every practice and we weren't just wasting our time."
Lewis continued, "We also had a lot of help from the athletic department here at Covenant and leading the way was Coach Taylor. He played a crucial role and spent countless hours making sure we had tournaments, gear, etc. But the most important factor of all was that we decided as a team to glorify God with all of our actions. This meant not taking our talents for granted and showing God our appreciation for blessing us with these talents by putting in the hard work needed in order for us to be successful."
"Our focus wasn't necessarily on golf, but rather glorifying God through golf," added the senior.
The last time Covenant went as a team to the NCCAA Golf Championships was 2010 when the Scots placed 16th. Last year, Covenant sent two individual golfers and had Trey Patterson finish sixth to earn the program's first all-american honor.
Once again, the NCCAA will partner with the Panama City Men's Rescue Mission & Bethel Village for Women to provide a Christian Service Project. Mission residents will be invited to attend the Tee-Off banquet and sit with a team that will become their adopted favorite for the week. Each resident will receive a gift bag from the school including school apparel and various items requested by the mission, such as toiletries, devotional books, and snacks. Residents will be invited to come support their teams on the final round of each team's competition. The NCCAA will also provide a cash gift to the missions to help support their ongoing ministries.