Men’s golf set to open spring season in Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass

Sunday, January 29, 2012

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2012) – The ETSU men’s golf team will open its 2012 spring season on Monday at the PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass for the Sea Best Invitational.

The 13-team field at the Sea Best Invitational consists of CharlestonSouthern, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, ETSU, Florida, Florida Golf Coast, Georgia State, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Liberty, Mercer, Old Dominion and UNF. Of the teams competing, UNF is ranked seventh in the Golfworld/Nike Golf coaches’ poll, while Florida and Liberty are receiving votes.

Last season, ETSU finished ninth in the event, while top-rankedFloridaearned the wire-to-wire victory as the Gators were the only team to shoot under-par for the tournament. The Gators finished the event at 6-under (286-283-289--858), 25 strokes better than second place finisher North Florida, who finished at 19-over (300-286-297--883). Jacksonville State and No. 42 Liberty tied for third at 22-over, while No. 40 Clemson rounded out the top-five at 24-over.

ETSU senior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall,England) was the most consistent Buccaneer during the fall season as he led the team with a 73.8 scoring average, which included four top-20 finishes.

Along with Enoch, ETSU will feature four freshmen in the lineup at the Sea Best Invitational. Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales), Sam Edwards (Bigbury, England), Scott Gibson (Dumfries, Scotland) and Tom Heggarty (Cheshire,England) will join Enoch.

The Bucs have enjoyed plenty of success in the event as they earned the team title in 2010 at TPC Sawgrass. The Buccaneers, who were ranked 39th by Golfstat.com, fired a final round 299 to best No. 34 Wake Forest by seven strokes and No. 23 Clemson by eight strokes. ETSU placed four players in the top-15 of the individual leaderboard.

Tee times for Monday’s 36 holes will begin with an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start. The Bucs will be paired with CharlestonSouthern and JacksonvilleStateon day one. Live scoring for the tournament will be available through golfstat.com.

Home of THE PLAYERS Championship, birthplace of the TPC (Tournament Players Club) Network, and backdrop to the PGA TOUR headquarters, the TPC Sawgrass golf course inPonte Vedra Beach,Fla., is perhaps the world’s most famous golf course.  THE PLAYERS Stadium Course sports one of the most recognizable and challenging holes on the PGA Tour. The notorious par-3, 17th hole, features an island green that makes or breaks many a PGA TOUR pro’s round.

THE PLAYERS Stadium Course was built to challenge the pros like no other golf course had done before, while providing an unprecedented experience for spectators at the same time.

TPC Sawgrass is not only one of the topFloridagolf resorts, but it is recognized nationally by multiple golf publications as a destination. THE PLAYERS Stadium course is ranked the No. 2 golf course inFloridaby Golf Digest magazine and it ranks consistently among the Golf Digest’s top 50 golf courses in the country.

Golfweek honored THE PLAYERS Stadium Course as the top course you can play inFloridaand ranked it ninth among the Best Resort Courses in 2011.

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