Auburn Men's Golf Releases 2009-10 Schedule
Aug. 25, 2009
AUBURN - Auburn men's golf recently released an 11-event schedule for the 2009-10 season that includes five traditional Auburn tournaments alongside four new events. The Tigers are also set to host their first event since Auburn hosted the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate from 1988-2006.
"Our 2009-10 tournament schedule is, once again, one of the best in the nation," said Auburn head coach Nick Clinard. "We will be competing in eight different states on different types of grasses which will prepare us for NCAA Regionals and the NCAA Championship. The team is looking forward to competing against the nation's best and our schedule gives them that opportunity."
Auburn will kick off the season with a trip to Dalton, Ga., for the Carpet Capital Collegiate, held Sept. 11-13. The Carpet Capital is hosted by Georgia Tech at The Farm Golf Club, a par-72, 7,012-yard Tom Lazio designed course.
The Tigers have appeared at the event 18 times since the 1989-90 season. Auburn's best finish came in 1997 when the Tigers finished won the championship with a 289-309-289--887, one stroke ahead of Texas (888). Next for the Tiger's will be the Gary Koch Intercollegiate held Oct. 3-4 at the par-72, 7,236-yard Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla..
The Tigers are set to co-host the event with the University of Kentucky, ending the Tigers' three year drought of not having a tournament of their own. Auburn competed in the 2000 Gary Koch, placing second in a field of 15. Auburn then travels to Birmingham, Ala., Oct. 12-13 for the Jerry Pate National, an event that saw a second-place finish from an inexperienced Auburn squad.
All five Tigers carded a second round in the 60s, a feat never before accomplished in school history. The event will be held in Vestavia Hill's par-71, 6,936-yard Old Overton Golf Course. Auburn has appeared at the Jerry Pate on 18 occasions that include three runner-up finishes. Next, the Tigers will travel to Johnson City, Tenn., for the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate hosted by East Tennessee State University. Auburn has played the event on nine occasions with its best showing coming in a second-place finish in 2005.
The Bank of Tennessee, held Oct 16-18 will take place at the par-72, 7147-yard Ridges Golf and Country Club. While Auburn has played the Country Club of Louisiana on eight occasions, Oct. 27-28 will mark the first time the Tigers play the event under the name, David Toms Intercollegiate. The Tigers won the event in 1996 in a field of 12.
The Country Club of Louisiana is a par-72, 7,106-yard Jack Nicklaus Signature course in the bayou country of Baton Rouge, La. LSU is set to host the event. Spring play begins with a trips to two new tournaments for the Tigers. The series begins with a trip to Houston, Texas for the Rice Intercollegiate at the par-72, 7184-yard Westwood Golf and Country Club, held Feb. 15-16.
Next up is a visit to the Border Olympics, held March 5-6 in Laredo, Texas. The event is set to be hosted by the par-72, 7,125-yard Laredo Country Club. The Tigers then compete in two familiar events, the E-Z-GO Schenkel and The Hootie at Bull's Bay. Auburn has made a total of 25 appearances at the E-Z-GO including four top-five finishes.
The event, hosted by Georgia Southern will take place March 19-21 at the par-72, 6,910-yard Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga. The Hootie, named for Grammy Award winning musician Darius Rucker of Hooty and the Blowfish, will be held March 28-30 at the par-72, 7,014-yard Bull's Bay Country Club in Awendaw, S.C.
The Tigers have played the Hootie four times with their best finish coming in a third-place showing in 2003. Auburn's regular season will come to a close as the Tigers travel to Lexington, Ky., for the Bluegrass Invitational played April 10-11 at the University Club, home of the Kentucky Wildcats. Auburn has never competed in the event. The Auburn men's golf team will begin post-season play by be making its 47th appearance in the SEC Golf Tournament at the par-72, 7,331-yard Frederica Golf Club in Saint Simons Island, Ga., April 17-19.
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