May 15, 2012
RUSTON - Four-time Louisiana Class A state champion Brandon Newton has been accepted to Louisiana Tech University and will be a member of the Bulldog golf team starting this fall.
Newton led the Cedar Creek Cougars to four straight Louisiana Class A state team titles while also claiming the individual championship title each year. This past season, Newton won the individual title by shooting a two-round total of 139 (67-72).
"It has been a pleasure to watch a local talent grow and progress into college player," said Tech head coach Jeff Parks. "Knowing Brandon's goals and dreams of playing at LA Tech one day and then to see him achieve them is very special. As a coach having someone that you have watched grow up and have had an interest in for many years it is very exciting.
"I told Brandon that I wouldn't give him a spot on the team, but that he was going to have to earn it, and that is exactly what he did. It wasn't easy but through his hard work and determination he has achieved one of his goals and that is to be a Bulldog golfer. As a local Ruston standout from Cedar Creek High School, I know there will be quite a few people following his career as he sets new goals for his college endeavors."
Newton was a four-time all-state and all-region honoree and was the recipient of the Jason Moss Award as a junior, an award that goes to the most outstanding high school golfer in north Louisiana. The academic all-state honoree also won the 2011 Tournament of Champions at Tamahka Trails in Marksville, an event that features the top five finishers in each classification of the Louisiana state tournament.
"I am looking forward to it," Newton said. "I'm good friends with all of the players. I think I can contribute and am looking forward to coming to Tech. I've known coach Parks a long time and we have a good relationship. I'm excited about him being my coach."
High School: Lettered five years for coaches Scott Sills, Kyle Hill and Eddie Moss at Cedar Creek High School ... Won the Louisiana Class A individual title four straight years (freshman through senior) while leading Cedar Creek to the team title all four years ... 4-time all-state and all-region ... Won the Jason Moss Award as a junior ... Named academic all-state Class A as a senior ... Finished first at regionals in 2009 and 2010, second in 2011 and third in 2012 ... Won the Tournament of Champions at Tamahka Trails (Marksville, La.) in 2011 which features the top five finishers in each class at the state meet ... Personal: Full name is Brandon Layne Newton ... Son of Joe and Tina Newton ... Has one brother, Logan ... Born March 21, 1994 in West Monroe, La.