Spring 2014 Golf Schedule
NJCAA District Four Golf Tournament in Albany, GA – Day 1 Results
ABAC Stallions are currently in 6th place with 18 holes out of 11 teams at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) District Four Golf Tournament at Stonebridge Country Club in Albany, GA. They shot 311 and 292 today for a total of 603.
Central Alabama: 591
Cape Fear: 597
Eastern Florida: 597
Meridian Mississippi: 605
USC Lancaster: 615
Spartanburg Methodist: 624
Wake Tech: 653
ABAC Golf Team Takes Second Place at State Competition
The golf team at ABAC took home second place at the Region XVII Golf Championship earlier this month at Bagby State Park in Fort Gaines. On the first day of play the Stallion golfers had a score of 297, followed by a second day score of 301 for a total of 598. The third day of championship was cancelled due to inclement weather and finished with only seven strokes behind the lead, Darton College, who won the championship with a score of 591. Other colleges in the state tournament included Andrew College with a total score of 601 and Georgia Military College with a total score of 659. During the championship, captain Chris Rogers from Dawson and Lee Wright of Moultrie were selected as 1st Team All-Region players. Both players were also tied for third out of 20 players. Robbie Johnson from Canada finished 7th, Guellermo Retana of pain placed 10th, and Clay Degler from Greenville finished 15th of the top 20 players. “Coach Chelsey and I are very proud of the ABAC golf team,” said Jimmy Ballenger, Head Coach. “Some of our players get to the golf course at 1 p.m. and don’t leave until 8 p.m. They have great team chemistry. Rogers adds, “I was very happy with the way we played at state. I feel like this was one of our most solid tournaments all year and we gained a lot of confidence heading into the district tournament. Two of our players were in the top five and three of the four top players with the most pars were from ABAC.” With the state championship behind them the team now has all their focus on the NJCAA District Four Tournament where they will compete with 11 other teams from across the south for the district title. “The team is playing really well and hopefully we can carry the energy from the state championship into the tournament,” said Rogers. “Stonebridge is a great course and we are excited about playing there but we have an extremely tough district so just placing high enough to make it to nationals is a big accomplishment and that is our goal.” The team’s hard work has really paid off but Ballenger would also like to give credit to former head coach of the ABAC golf team, Herb Hendrix, who has contributed to their success this year. “One of our goals has been to build upon the foundation established by Herb Hendrix and compete in state, districts, and nationals,” Ballenger said. “Without him, none of these players would be at ABAC.”
April 4, 5, 6, 2014 GCAA Golf Tournament
April 4 – Andrew 296, ABAC 297, Darton 297 and GMC 326
April 5 – Darton- 591, ABAC-598, Andrew -601 GMC-659
April 6 – Cancelled Due To Weather Final Results stand as Darton- 591, ABAC-598, Andrew -601 GMC-659
March 2-4, 2014 ABAC @ Double-Gate Invitational ABAC finished 8th in the Double-Gate Invitational. Chris Rogers led the Stallions finishing 23rd with scores of 72, 79, 81, TOTAL -232. Guellermo Retana was close behind at 30th with scores of 79, 79, 79, TOTAL -237. Other Stallions competing in the Tournament were, Lee Wright, Robbie Johnson, and Clay Degler. The Stallions will be back in action April 3rd at the State Tournament.
Coastal GA Winter Invitational in Brunswick, GA —-The ABAC Golf Team competed in the 4th Annual Winter Invitational over the past two days. In a field of 15 teams ABAC finished 11th. All of the teams were NAIA or Division II. Coach Ballenger was pleased with the teams effort with such harsh conditions. The course was extremely difficult with gusty winds, fast greens and tough pin placement. Over the two days the course only yielded two 72s and a 71. ABAC’s low medalist was Chris Rogers with a 157 over two days… He finished tied for 22nd Robbie Johnson was T-44th with 163.. Also competing for the Stallions were Clay Degler, Lee Wright and Retana. Coach Ballenger hopes the tough competition will help prepare the stallions for state, districts, and even nationals.
Date: Feb 9-11 Coastal GA Invitational @ Brunswick, GA
Top five individuals were all-tournament team. Those were: Day (Mobile) Smith (CCGA) Moss (Mobile) Godwin (Faulkner) Freeman (CCGA)
Results: March 2-4 @ Darton State Invitational in Albany, GA
Results: April 3-6 @ Region/State Tournament