VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. – Starting next week, No. 3 Alabama will attempt to defend its title at the 25th annual Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate against a strong field on the Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills beginning Monday, Oct. 11.
The Crimson Tide has taken the team title at the Pate the past four years dating back to 2006.
This year's field includes No. 1 Florida, as well as No. 15 Auburn, UNLV, SMU, Mississippi State, UAB, Georgia State, South Alabama, Memphis, Samford and Southern Miss.
The teams will play 36 holes on Monday and then conclude with the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
The Jerry Pate Intercollegiate began back in 1986 and is named for the most successful professional golfer in Crimson Tide history. Pate currently plays on the Champions Tour and is active in the team selection for the tournament.
Since its inception, the JPNI has seen some powerful names in the world of golf win its individual title. Current PGA Tour golfers Rory Sabbatini, Hunter Mahan and D.J. Trahan have all won medalist honors at the Pate, and arguably the greatest golfer of all-time, Tiger Woods, won the JPNI in 1994 while competing for Stanford. David Kirkpatrick (1991), Joseph Sykora (2006), Mark Harrell (2007) and Hunter Hamrick (2009) all took medalist honors for Alabama.