BOONE, N.C. – With the snow starting to melt away and golf courses turning green again, first-year Appalachian State men’s golf coach Bo Redman and the Mountaineers look to charge into the spring slate of their season.
App State’s season opener is this Monday and Tuesday at its annual Bash at the Beach, which the Mountaineers host in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The two-day, three-round tournament will be played at the 71-par Surf Golf and Beach Club course. In addition to the host Mountaineers, participants include Charleston Southern, Delaware, Hampton, Longwood, Newberry College, St. Anselm College, Tennessee Tech, Valparaiso and Walsh University.
Live results will be available at Golfstat.com.
Redman and his young team look to build on the success they found last fall. Out of their five tournaments, the Apps finished in the top half of teams four of five times. One of those included Redman’s first victory as the App State head coach at the Patriot Intercollegiate, where, led by sophomore Tripp Summerlin’s 7-under score of 209, would win the tournament by three strokes at 873 (+9).
“The guys are very dedicated,” Redman said. “Even when we’re not having a practice, they’re talking about golf and they’re working on their own game privately. Also, they’re a pretty tight-knit group of kids which really is a factor in their success.”
Coming off the fall, it is Summerlin that leads the way in team scoring average with 73.69 playing in all five tournaments, including individual medalist honors at the Patriot Intercollegiate. Closely behind him is junior Alex Burris scoring at 74.38 and junior Chance Watson coming in at a 75.08 average per round.
Looking forward to the spring season, it will be several underclassmen that will help the Mountaineers round out their lineup, including sophomore Walter Brinker and freshmen Candler Rice, Jack Brea and Logan McNeely.
A very young team, led by the two juniors, will be spending a lot of time this year traveling to six tournaments, looking to build that winning formula for a top finish in the Sun Belt.
“Watson and Burris are both fantastic golfers,” Redman said. “When they give a suggestion to a freshman or one of the other kids, it goes a long way, whether that be how to act on the course or how to hit a shot.”
The spring season will build up to the April 22-25 Sun Belt Championship, held in Sandestin, Fla. App finished 12th last season, but it’s one of five teams with a win on the year, as well as owning the fourth-lowest team round so far this 2017-18 season.