Senior Stuart Brazil, junior Trey Wren and sophomore Keith Cooper of the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy golf team were recently named to the TCIS All-Conference team after contributing to a second-place finish in the conference tournament.
Senior Stuart Brazil, junior Trey Wren and sophomore Keith Cooper of the Nansemond-Suffolk Academy golf team were recently named to the TCIS All-Conference team after contributing to a second-place finish in the conference tournament.

NSA golfers named All-Conference

Published 9:36pm Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy recently saw three members from its golf team earn spots on the 11-member Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools All-Conference team based on their performance in the TCIS tournament.

The Saints lost the tournament to Cape Henry Collegiate School by a single stroke, 304-305, but junior Trey Wren, sophomore Keith Cooper and senior Stuart Brazil produced scores low enough to receive the individual honors.

Wren had the lowest score for NSA with a 73, and he was pleased to be named to the all-conference team for the third year in a row.

“It feels pretty good,” he said. “We did come in second by one. That kind of stings a little bit, but I played pretty well.”

Nansemond-Suffolk head coach Katie Murphy found Wren worthy of the recognition.

“Trey was my team (Most Valuable Player) this year,” she said. “He had the lowest scoring average out of all six of them. Trey played a lot of golf, he’s very, very competitive on the weekends. He goes and plays in a lot of golf tournaments. He just brings an edge to his game. He’s got a tough mental game, and I think, even when he’s not hitting the ball very well, he knows how to score.”

“As far as how he played at TCIS, he just hit his fairways, greens and he gave himself a lot of looks at birdie, and that’s the kind of thing that that caliber of a player does, and I was very proud of him,” she said. “He definitely held up his end of the deal during the tournament; he was huge for us.”

Cooper had a 75, and was selected for the first time. He was happy to redeem himself from having missed the team last year when the event was split over two days.

“Last year, I messed up the second day, so it was nice to have just one day to go out and shoot a good score,” he said.

Murphy said Cooper “was right there with Trey, not far behind on scoring average. He’s a power player, hits the ball a long way, he’s very accurate, gives himself a lot of looks at birdie and he’s another one — he plays a lot of tournament golf, and he just really knows his game.”

As a freshman, Brazil was one stroke away from being all-conference, but he has made it every year since.

“All-TCIS is a great honor,” he said.

Brazil shot a 76 in the tournament, and Murphy found him to be an important presence on this year’s team.

“Stuart always seems to come through at the right time,” she said. “As far as his leadership, I think the fact that he’s been in that situation before and he knows what it takes to compete at that level, I think it’s just been huge to have him not only playing well, but have him to look up to going into the post-season.”

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