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Barton’s Boyette earns CC Men’s Golf Player of the Year

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Consider “Mr. Consistency” a flattering moniker for Barton College sophomore men’s golfer Bryson Boyette.

How about 2018-19 NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Player of the Year?

Crediting his consistency through the fall and spring seasons, Boyette, a product of Fike High and last year’s Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year, was recognized as the league’s player of the year after deadlocking for sixth place in last week’s conference tournament at Cutter Creek Golf Club near Snow Hill and helping the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish for the third consecutive year.

“It feels awesome,” the 19-year-old Boyette said. “I had not really thought much about it. But after the conference tournament, I thought maybe I will have a chance. It happened.”

Boyette, the son of Lennie Boyette of Wilson and Melody Castelloe of Wilson, rates the distinction nearly as special as winning the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A individual championship in 2017, his senior year at Fike. Also with the Golden Demons, he was the three-time 3-A Big East Conference Player of the Year.

At 5-foot-11, 125 pounds, Boyette swung into his Barton career by not only being tabbed freshman of the year but earning second-team all-conference acclaim.

He is a first-team choice as a sophomore. The Bulldogs are also represented by senior Justin Plane, who was named second-team for the third consecutive year.

Boyette acknowledges conference player of the year was a goal along with being named first-team All-Conference Carolinas and winning another tournament.

“I wanted to get another win, especially away from Wllson,” he explained, “but it didn’t quite happen.”

Boyette’s sophomore season has not concluded. He earned one of four individual berths accorded the Southeast Region to the Div. II South/Southeast Regional that will be contested May 9-11 at Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, outside of Orlando.

Boyette’s credentials include top-10 finishes in five tournaments, including a runner-up showing in the Battle at Hilton Head in late February. He was chosen for the conference’s bi-monthly accolade in October as well as late February.

He posted rounds of 71-77-69—217, 1-over-par, in the conference tournament and possesses a 72.5 stroke average. Boyette notes his fall and spring averages are within a couple tenths of a point within each other. That’s consistency.

“I wanted to get under par,” Boyette acknowledged. “I had a lot of under-par rounds but nothing really low. I had a little trouble getting the ball into the hole this spring; we played some tough courses and the weather wasn’t worth a crap. I was satisfied with how I played.”

And especially proud of the player-of-the-year distinction.

“There were a lot of good players in the conference,” Boyette assured. “I played against a lot of them last year and I knew what I was up against. It was very competitive throughout the year and a lot of low numbers were shot. To come out on top was pretty cool.”

In avoiding the dreaded “sophomore jinx,” Boyette kept working on his putting, especially on birdie chances of 10 feet and farther, improving his swing.

“I’m just trying to score better,” he reasoned. “Nothing major on my swings --- just a few tweaks here and there. I need to get longer because some of the guys I play with really maul it.”

Boyette divulges that his regional goal is to capture the win that has eluded him thus far in 2018-19. He said the positives of a recent lesson are beginning to take effect.

“This is probably the most confidence I’ve had in my game,” Boyette contended.

Along with extreme confidence in his consistency.

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