Red-hot Trojans return to action at Furman Intercollegiate
March 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM CDT - Updated June 23 at 3:46 PM
Greenville, S.C. – The red-hot Troy University men's golf team, fresh off a pair of strong tournament performances in Florida, will head to South Carolina this weekend for the 42nd Annual Furman Intercollegiate
The event, which will be played at the par-72, 6,994-yard Furman University Golf Club, will pit the Trojans against another field stacked with quality teams.
"This is another big challenge for our team," Trojans coach Matt Terry said. "There are some very good teams in the field for this event, but after the way we played in our last two tournament we know that we can go in there and play with anyone."
The tournament features a 22-team field that includes the hosts, and defending Southern Conference champions, as well as Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Clemson, Davidson, East Carolina, Elon, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, Kennesaw State, Louisville, Marshall, Presbyterian, Purdue, Samford, Temple, UNC Wilmington, Virginia Tech, Western Carolina, Winthrop and Wofford.
Clemson claimed the 2010 Furman Intercollegiate title with an 865 (+1) while the Tigers' Ben Martin (-6) and Chattanooga's Steven Fox (-6) shared individual medalist honors. Five teams in this year's field enter this weekend ranked in the top 50 in Golfstat.com's latest head-to-head rankings, led by Purdue at No. 37.
"We had the best practice round we have had yet," Terry said. "I am excited, but we still have to play golf tomorrow. You have to be able to chip and putt well on this course. The green complexes are pretty difficult. We are hitting the ball well enough to get some looks, but we'll see what happens.
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.
"It is not the easiest golf course out there," Terry said. "You can make some birdies. The course is a little drier than last year so it will play a little different. We'll go out at 7:50 tomorrow and will play with Western Carolina."
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 collegiate golf on the course.
Round one of the 54-hole tournament tees off on Friday morning at 7 a.m. with second round play slated for Saturday and final round action scheduled to begin on Sunday morning.
Fans can log on to www.furmanpaladins.com or www.golfstat.com to follow live scoring during all three rounds of the tournament.