The returning members of the Winthrop men’s golf team, led by sophomores Zach Seabolt and Bradley Kauffman along with junior Nick Eberhardt, are having successful summers competing in numerous national and regional events.
Seabolt (Raleigh, N.C.), who qualified for the NCAA Regional in Raleigh this past May, has enjoyed a very solid summer to date. He has competed in numerous top national and regional events, including the Palmetto Amateur, North-South Amateur, Dogwood Invitational, and the North Carolina Open with outstanding results, said Winthrop coach Kevin Pendley.
At the prestigious Dogwood Invitational held in Atlanta last month, Seabolt shot rounds of 70-63-65-69 to finish in a tie for first place but lost on the second hole of the playoff. He also held the lead at the Carolinas Amateur thru two rounds before finishing in a tie for fifth place. He will compete this week at the North Carolina Match Play and is the only Eagle who successfully qualified for the US Amateur to be played at the Atlanta Athletic Club Aug. 11-17.
Kauffman (Greenville, S.C.) has continued to develop his game this summer by capturing the South Carolina Match Play championship and earning a top 15 finish at the Carolinas Amateur. “His stroke average for the summer is very solid and his confidence is at an all-time high,” Pendley says.
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Eberhardt (Fort Mill, S.C.) qualified for the US Amateur Public Links Championship which was played earlier this month in Newton, Kansas. He successfully advanced to the Match Play rounds with solid scores of 70 and 73, but lost in the first round of match play. “It was a great experience for Nick and he will be in action this week at the South Carolina Amateur along with junior Christian Sease (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.),” said Pendley.
Senior Taylor Dickson (Gastonia, N.C.) has played better of late after struggling some early, according to his coach. “He made the cut at the Palmetto Amateur and had a solid week at the Carolinas Amateur with a top 15 finish. He will be playing this week at the North Carolina Match Play along with Seabolt.
Sophomore Weston Bell (Piedmont, S.C.) and Sease have been working hard and competing in various events, according to Pendley, including the Eastern Amateur and North Carolina Open. Senior Sam Whitehead has been competing back home in England in many of that country’s top events.