Thursday, March 15, 2012
GREENVILLE, S.C. (Mar. 15, 2012) – After firing its best team score of the season on Monday at the General Hackler Championship, the ETSU men’s golf team returns to action on Friday for the 43rd Annual Furman Intercollegiate.
The event will take place at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Course and 18-holes will be played each of the three days beginning at 8 a.m.
The Bucs have had plenty of success in the Furman Intercollegiate over the years as they are four-time champions of the event. ETSU took home the tournament titles in 1970, 1975, 1994 and 1996. In addition, former ETSU standouts Skeeter Heath (1975) and Keith Nolan (1994) won individual titles in the tournament.
Last season, Clemson took home the tournament title with an 848 total score. Meanwhile, William Sjaichudin of Purdue won individual medalist honors with a 206 (65-69-72) total score.
In addition to ETSU, this year’s 21-team field includes the host Furman, Charleston Southern, two-time defending Furman Intercollegiate champions Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Elon, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Georgia, Georgia State, Marshall, Michigan, Presbyterian, Purdue, Samford, Temple, Troy, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Wofford.
This year’s field features three of the top 50 teams in the country in this week’s Golf Week/Sagarin Rankings. Clemson comes into the weekend at No. 13 with Georgia ranked 22nd and Purdue ranked 37th. The Boilermakers are led by 20th-ranked Tyler Duncan while Clemson’s Corbin Mills is ranked 21st in the nation.
ETSU is coming off an eighth place finish at the General Hackler Championship, which just concluded on Monday. Redshirt senior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) finished in second after firing a tournament-low round of 66 on the final day.
The Furman University Golf Course was designed by Richard K. Webel of Long Island, N.Y., and Walter Cosby, superintendent of grounds and greens at the Greenbriar Hotel and Golf Resort.
Since the late 1970s, the course has been the site of two outstanding college tournaments, the Furman Intercollegiate and the Lady Paladin Invitational. In addition, the course hosts a number of local and state tournaments.
Through the years, a number of familiar names have played the course and participated in the Furman Intercollegiate. Past winners include Curtis Strange, Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Billy Andrade, Matt Kuchar and Furman’s own Brad Faxon. LPGA stars Betsy King, Beth Daniel, Sherri Turner and Dottie Pepper all played their collegiate golf on the course as members of the Furman women’s golf team.
Live scoring for the entire tournament will be available through golfstat.com.
For more information on ETSU men’s golf, please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.
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