JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (September 28, 2011) – The ETSU men’s golf team, playing its second tournament this week, will tee it up at the second annual Rod Myers Invitational this weekend at the Duke University Golf Club.
Teams will play 36 holes of golf on Saturday with an 18-hole final round slated for Sunday.
ETSU is joined in the tournament field by 2010 Rod Myers Invitational champion Iowa as well as Baylor, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, East Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Tulsa and host school Duke. North Carolina and Tennessee will also have individuals competing in the 63-player field. Tennessee is ranked No. 19 and Duke is ranked No. 21 in the latest coaches’ poll, while Baylor and Iowa are also receiving votes.
In last year’s inaugural Rod Myers Invitational, ETSU finished in ninth place in the 12-team field.
ETSU men’s golf team finished tied for ninth at the abbreviated Inverness Intercollegiate on Tuesday in Toledo, Ohio. The event, which was originally scheduled for 54-holes – 36-holes on Monday – and 18-holes on Tuesday, was shortened to just the 18-holes on Tuesday after heavy rains swept through the area on Monday.
Individually, the Bucs had two players place in the top-20 as sophomore Spencer Lawson (Raleigh, N.C.) led the Bucs with a 2-over-par 73 to finish tied for 13th. Redshirt senior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England) finished one shot behind Lawson, tying for 17th position.
The Bucs will begin their first round on Saturday morning at 7:55 a.m. alongside Coastal Carolina and Georgia Southern.
The Duke University Golf Club, which served as the host of the 1962 and 2001 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships, will play as a 7,136-yard, par 72 for the 2011 Rod Myers Invitational. Construction of the course was planned to begin prior to World War II, but the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 put the plans on hold. After the war, the present site of 300 acres was selected. The property was carefully chosen for the unique elevation changes of its mildly rolling terrain. In 1955, Duke sought out Robert Trent Jones, whose golf course architecture was widely respected.
Finally, on September 26, 1957, Duke University Golf Club opened to the public. The Duke course was immediately labeled one of the top university golf facilities in the nation. The accolades were great enough to attract the 1962 NCAA Golf Championships. Ironically, there was a soon-to-be-famous golf course architect playing in that NCAA field from Yale University. His name was Rees Jones, eldest son of the Duke golf course designer.
In 1988, university officials recognized that the golf course needed restoration. While no one denied the magnificent routing of its holes, length needed to be increased to account for the advancement of modern golf. Rees Jones, then a master architect in his own right, was the only choice for this redesign. Final major construction began in June, 1993 and was completed in April, 1994. It would be difficult to describe the loving care that Rees Jones put into the design of each and every feature of the course. Throughout the redesign, he scrutinized every shot possibility, observed and considered every angle to insure that each nuance of the course would be subtle and perfectly placed.
For more information on the ETSU men’s golf team please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.