Duran will host NJCAA national golf tournament


The Eastern Florida State College men’s golf team will get the chance to play this year’s national event at Duran Golf Club.

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A national championship will be decided at the Duran Golf Club this month.

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Men’s Golf National Tournament will take place May 15 to 20. More than 20 teams from community colleges across the nation — including Eastern Florida State College — will compete for team and individual titles.

“Duran Golf Club is much honored to be selected as host site for this prestigious event,” Duran General Manager David Tomczak said in a press release. “The course will provide an entertaining and challenging venue for this championship.”

Through the years, the EFSC men’s golf program has traveled to Texas, Alabama, Iowa, New Mexico, Arizona and Kansas (last year) to compete for the national title.

Titans coach Jamie Howell is happy the tournament is in Viera, but also doesn’t want his players to be overconfident because they’re playing on a familiar course. At the same time, it’s something his players can use to their advantage.

EFSC finished second at last year’s tournament and is seeking its first national title since 1991.

“We’re preparing for a national tournament,” Howell said. “The idea here is to make sure you pay attention to all that you know about the golf course and use your past experience to your advantage as opposed to fretting about things.

“We’re going to know the greens a little better than the other teams. We should know which way the golf ball’s going to travel when it’s windy out there. We’ve got a fair amount of course knowledge and we want to put that to use.”

Former Holy Trinity standout Kerry Sweeney and Brad Bawden of England lead another strong Titans team this season.

Now, not only will they get the chance to compete for a national title, they’ll get to do it in front of their home fans. That should make for a special tournament for both the Titans and local golf fans.

“Our little community here has supported our program for a long time,” Howell said. “It will be nice to bring the national tournament home where they get to see it in person.”