Before his freshman season at Augusta State, Carter Newman wasn’t given a key piece of equipment. He had to earn it.
If a player wanted a team golf bag, then-coach Josh Gregory gave them a simple task – post a round in the 60s at Mount Vintage Plantation. Newman went out in 29, the lowest nine-hole score of his career, and cruised to 66.
Newman and former teammate Mitch Krywulycz are back at a familiar place this week, when they participate in the Kandy Waters Memorial Classic at Mount Vintage. The 72-hole NGA/Hooters Tour event runs through Sunday.
The tournament features the top three players on the tour money list, including leader Brandon Brown ($143,621), Jeff Corr ($123,935) and Philip Pettitt ($103,466).
Krywulycz and Newman, who know the course as well as anyone, are looking to finish in the money this week. Newman said he and his Jaguar teammates played the course “hundreds of times.” Still, neither player believes course knowledge will be a major factor.
“If we’re not playing well, knowing the course will be irrelevant,” Krywulycz said. “Hopefully, we’ll get hot.”
“It’s nice to play at a place where you’ve played a lot of golf,” Newman said. “If my game was a little better, I’d probably feel better about having course knowledge.”
Newman is making his first professional start on the Hooters Tour after collecting almost $11,000 in six eGolf Tour showings. Krywulycz has earned almost $5,000 in four appearances on the eGolf Tour.
Krywulycz hasn’t played as much competitive golf this summer as he’d have liked. He missed an eGolf Tour event last month in Aiken to participate in a Golf Australia camp in Houston.
Krywulycz is hopeful his game will start to take shape during the tournament. He wants to be sharp for pre-qualifying for PGA Tour school in two weeks in Auburn, Ala.; Newman is not attempting PGA Tour Q-School this year.
Later this year, Krywulycz plans to compete in a pair of Monday qualifiers for the Nationwide Tour in October.
“Maybe playing at Mount Vintage will start it off early,” he said. “I’m going to go out and try to make as many birdies as I can.”