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14DTHSpring Sports '89Tuesday, February 28, 1989
Mo of ophomoire leads self Tesuirgeimce
By DOUG HOOGERVORST
Youth is the buzzword for the UNC
men's golf team in 1989. And how
much this youth matures will deter
mine how good the team can be.
North Carolina starts with the
youngest team that coach Devon
Brouse has ever had, not to mention
one of the nation's youngest squads,
period. Brouse, who in 12 years at
UNC has led the Tar Heels to four
ACC titles and nine top 20 finishes,
is pleasantly optimistic about his
team's chances this year.
"I'm encouraged; I think they're
anxious to tee it up with Clemson,"
Brouse said. "Just to be able to play
the No. 1 team in the nation is
certainly a challenge. 1 think every
time we play it's going to help us.
They're going to win more than we
do every time we go head to head
right now, but we're going to make
more progress than they make."
Nonetheless, inexperience is a
concern with two seniors and a junior
being the only three upperclassmen
on a team with a trio of sophomores
and nine freshmen. However, Brouse
says he feels confident enough to start
the year with any five of his golfers.
"I think this team is going to be
a deeper team," Brouse said. "Hope-
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fully, we can put five guys in the
lineup, any one of which has a chance
to win any tournament we play in.
We don't have the individual that you
could call an All-American coming
back into our lineup. We certainly
have the talent to put together a team
that is very competitive."
The Tar Heels were certainly
competitive in the fall of 1988 with
the same team that will play this
spring. UNC won two of the four
tournaments it participated in and
was right in the thick of things in the
Already, North Carolina's compe
titiveness has earned it votes in the
NCAA's Top 20 poll for the spring
season. To show how far the Tar
Heels have come in the fall season,
UNC wasn't even invited to the
NCAA Tournament last year.
"That was a very down time for
our team last vear and that's not going
to be easily forgotten," Brouse said.
"Most of our guys, when they start
listing our goals for the season, they
all remember last year's shortcomings
and are out to prove that we do have
a good program."
There seem to be seven golfers who
will lead the Tar Heels this spring.
The three upperclassmen seniors
Jim Sowerwine and Mitch Perry and
junior Brendan Kennedy should
see a lot.of play this spring, as Brouse
hopes their experience will help such
a young team.
The sophomore triumvirate of
John Aber, Tee Burton and Neal
Sullivan suffered through last year's
disappointing season but earned
valuable experience in the process.
Burton led the team in scoring last
fall with a 73.8 stroke average and
won the individual title in the Sea
Freshman Pat Moore will also
contribute immediately and has been
challenging for a starting role. Moore
played in three fall tournaments,
winning the College of Charleston
Though the Tar Heels showed
great improvement in the fall, it may
not be enough, as the ACC is as tough
a conference as there is in the country.
Clemson owns the country's No. 1
ranking, with Wake Forest being No.
4 and Georgia Tech No. 8.
"I think the things that come to
mind are to win the ACC, to be
prepared for our first tournament
(Feb. 24), and to try and improve
week to week," Brouse said. "It's kind
of a feeling that in college golf that
most good teams play pretty well
every week and play their best when
it counts the most.
"I think that is a goal of ours
Certainly, to develop a good team
chemistry is a goal."
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Senior Jim Sowerwine may help the Tar Heels make the NCAAs
Men's Golf Roster
John Aber 5-7 135 So. Greensburg, Pa.
Steve Albright 5-10 145 Fr. Ocala, Fla.
Tee Burton 6-4 200 So. Shelby
Tim Conner 6-2 220 Fr. Greensboro
MattCrichton 6-2 171 Fr. Raleigh
Frank Edwards 5-9 165 Fr. Roahoke Rapids
TedEilbeck 6-3 170 Fr. Dover, Fla.
Hunter Grove 5-7 130 Fr. Cary
Brendan Kennedy 6-0 190 Jr. WinterPark, Fla.
Pat Moore 5-10 150 Fr. Des Moines, Iowa
Mitch Perry 5-11 185 Sr. Spring Lake
Lance Reid 6-7 175 Fr. Denver, N.C.
Bill Smith 6-0 150 Fr. Buies Creek
Jim Sowerwine 5-9 156 Sr. North Palm Beach, Fla.
Neal Sullivan 5-9 165 . . So. Kitty Hawk
Head Coach: Devon Brouse
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