Columbia County native Carter Newman is a part of one of the top golf programs in the nation. The junior plays for the Augusta State University team that is ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Unlike its other sports, ASU competes in the Division I ranks in golf. The Jags are ranked higher than the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Clemson, all of which have terrific golf programs.
ASU had a tremendous fall, and Newman played a key role. He posted a 73.09 scoring average in four events. He had a low round of 3-under 69 and helped ASU soar up the national polls.
ASU opened the spring portion of the season with an impressive victory at the Seahawk Intercollegiate in Wilmington, N.C.
The Jags beat a field that included South Carolina, Wake Forest and North Carolina.
They blistered the competition, topping South Carolina by a whopping 19 shots in the event. Newman played his best tournament of the year with a fifth-place finish. He posted rounds of 69-74 in the rain-shortened event.
Next up for Newman and the Jags is the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, set for March 26-28 at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C.
Another Columbia County native is playing for a top-flight Division I golf program. Former Lakeside standout Brian Carter is a freshman for the University of Georgia squad. The Bulldogs are ranked between 12th and 19th in the nation, depending on the poll.
Georgia returned three of the Southeastern Conference's top players this season, so earning a spot in the top 5 was going to be hard to come by. But Carter used a solid fall showing to put himself in position to earn a top 5 spot this season.
In 14 rounds between the fall and spring, he has posted a 77.86 scoring average. He has a low round of 70 and had his most impressive showing at the Olympia Fields Intercollegiate.
Olympia Fields has played host to the U.S. Open; Carter handled the course nicely by posting rounds of 70-70-76 en route to a 10th place individual finish.
He did not crack the top five this past weekend as the Dogs finished 12th in the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas. Next up for UGA is the March 26-28 Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, N.C.
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