May 20, 2019
TIFTON—When Coach Larry Byrnes and the golf team at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College climbed into their van to leave the ABAC campus, the outside climate was warm and dry. Perfect day for golf.
When the Golden Stallions arrived at the Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind., site of this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament, they were met with wind, rain, and chilly temperatures.
“It’s quite a bit different than the weather we’re having in Tifton right now,” Byrnes, in his fifth year at the helm of the Stallions, said. “We’ll go out there and see what happens.”
Under Byrnes’ leadership, ABAC has qualified for the national tournament four consecutive years. The Stallions wound up sixth in the nation last season. In 2016 on this same Swan Lake course, ABAC recorded a 10th place finish in the national tournament.
Will Bozeman, Adam Park, Matthew Cheek, Hunter Dokey, and Tyler White will represent ABAC on the course when the tournament begins on Tuesday.
Bozeman was the low medalist at the NJCAA District J tournament in April, and Park was a second team NJCAA All-America selection in 2018 when he finished ninth in the national tournament.