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Men’s Golf: Irish to kick off season in South Carolina

Cory Bernard | Monday, September 13, 2010

The Irish will kick off the 2010-11 season with a chance to play at one of the nation’s top courses, The Ocean Course, in Kiawah Island, S.C., Monday and Tuesday.

The Ocean Course was the site of the 1991 Ryder Cup and will be the host of the PGA Championships in 2012.

With the honor of playing at The Ocean Course also comes the challenge, as wind consistently affects play.

Irish coach James Kubinski played the course in the summer and said he is looking forward to the opportunity for his team to play at The Ocean.

“It’s a great test for our guys.” Kubinski said. “If the wind blows it can be very difficult.”

Kubinski’s confidence stems from the exciting mix of returning veterans with valuable experience and a trio of talented freshmen.

“All three of [the freshman] are hard-working and are adjusting well to the new college environment,” senior Connor Alan-Lee said. “It’s only a matter of time until they are big assets to our team.”

Among the returning golfers are junior leaders Max Scodro, Tom Usher and Chris Walker, each of whom played in at least seven tournaments for the Irish last season.

“There’s lots of talent,” Kubinski said of his group. “They have all been playing really well.”

Though Scodro and Usher finished in a tie for first in last season’s Big East Championship, the Irish fell by one stroke to Georgetown.

“Our biggest goal, obviously, is winning a Big East Title,” Alan-Lee said. “Losing by a shot coming down the stretch was tough. We’re itching to get back to the post season.”

To ensure a good postseason performance, the Irish will focus on the challenge in front of them.

“This year we’re taking it one tournament at a time,” Alan-Lee said.

The College of Charleston Invitational participants will tee off at 8:30 a.m. Monday.