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Warrior golfers play for title

Greg Gentry of Avon Park and the Webber International University’s men’s golf team are headed to the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championships in Daytona Beach.

Gentry of Avon Park, made a name for himself as a four-year standout golfer for the Avon Park High School Red Devils and a long time player on the Sertoma Junior Golf Tour.

Making his second appearance at Nationals, Greg will be playing this year’s event at LPGA International Monday through Friday.

According to GolfStat.com, Gentry, who plays the No. 2 spot on the Webber team, is ranked 44th in the Nation among NAIA college players.

Webber International University, located in Babson Park, played three events at LPGA this season and is familiar with the course.

In the NAIA Men’s Fall Preview held at LPGA International in September the Webber International team came up short of the win by only 13 strokes.

Webber was beaten out by Oklahoma City University which has won the National Championship title eight of the last 12 years and by two other top ten ranked teams.

The most recent NAIA Coach’s Poll dated May 1 ranked Webber International’s team 11th in the United States.

“Going to Salem, Oregon for the National Championship as a freshman was a great experience and I look forward to going to Nationals again this year,” said Gentry. “It’s three days of play and then they make the cut for the final day. Some players may not be used to our Florida heat, walking and carrying their bag 18 holes four days in a row. I think playing a course we are familiar with and have played well on will give us a great advantage.”

Along with Gentry, teammates Claes Isaksson of Umea, Sweden; Stuart Winsby of Paris, France; Shane Godwin of Orlando and Bryan Rutherford of Sevenoaks, England will be playing for the NAIA National Championship title.