CHARLESTON, SC August 22, 2014 – The College of Charleston men’s golf team gears up for year two in the Colonial Athletic Association having taken the new conference by storm – winning the league title and making an appearance at NCAA Regionals in its inaugural year.
The Cougars will commence the fall portion of their upcoming 2014-15 slate playing host to The Invitational at The Ocean Course on Sept. 12-14 on Kiawah Island, S.C. They will later travel to the Firestone Invitational on Oct. 6-7 in Akron, Ohio, the AutoTrader.com Collegiate Classic on Oct. 12-13 in Duluth, Ga., and The Grove Intercollegiate on Oct. 26-28 in Nashville, Tenn.
“I am very excited about our schedule this year,” said 2014 CAA Coach of the Year Mark McEntire, who enters his 10th season at The College. “We have some great tournaments scheduled at special places like The Ocean Course and at Firestone Country Club in the fall. Our players will have the opportunity to play a premiere schedule against the best teams in the country.”
Later in the spring, CofC will travel to the Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational on Feb. 9-10, 2015, in St. George, Utah, the SunTrust Gator on Feb. 14-15 in Gainesville, Fla., The Schenkel on March 202-22 in Statesboro, Ga., The Hootie on March 29-31 in Awendaw, S.C., the Mason Rudolph on April 3-5 in Nashville, Tenn., and the 2015 CAA Men’s Golf Championship on April 24-26 at St. James Plantation in Southport, N.C.
“We look to continue on our momentum from last season as we are returning four of our five starters from last year’s CAA Championship team,” McEntire said. “We have also had a very busy summer and our players have worked hard in preparation for this year. We can’t wait to get our season started at The Ocean Course.”
CofC returns 2014 CAA Men’s Golfer of the Year John Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.), a junior who was individual runner-up at last year’s conference tournament, and 2014 Division I PING All-Region Team selection Zach Munroe, a senior coming off his second career appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championship this summer. Jonas earned All-CAA First Team honors last year, while Munroe was picked to the All-CAA Second Team.
Others returning to the Charleston lineup include senior Shane Rogan (Blythewood, S.C.), senior Charles Valluzzo (Charleston, S.C.), junior Josh Lorenzetti (Columbia, S.C.), junior Jackson Moore (Isle of Palms, S.C.), sophomore William Rainey (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Matthew Mahle (Lexington, Ky.).