JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (October 13, 2011) -The ETSU men's golf team is set to host the 14th annual Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Club. The tournament will begin on Friday morning and will run through Sunday afternoon, with 18-holes being played each day.
This year's field includes six teams ranked in the top-50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. The group features No. 10 Clemson, No. 11 Virginia, No. 23 Kent State, No. 33 Tennessee, No. 39 Virginia Tech and No. 44 Memphis. In addition, the field will include Army, Louisville, Missouri, N.C. State, Toledo, North Carolina, UNC Wilmington, Villanova, Wake Forest, and the hosts ETSU.
The resume of former competitors in the tournament includes PGA Tour and European Tour winners such as Lucas Glover (Clemson), Camillo Villegas (Florida), David Gossett (Texas), Anthony Kim (Oklahoma), Luke Donald (Northwestern), Jonathan Byrd (Clemson), D.J. Trahan (Clemson), Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech), Carl Pettersson (N.C. State), and Graeme McDowell (UAB).
Virginia returns to the event as the defending champions as the Cavaliers finished four shots clear of Kent State at 853 to claim the title last season.
Individually, this year's field features defending Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate individual champion Mackenzie Hughes of Kent State. Hughes compiled a 13-under score in last season’s tournament to break the 54-hole scoring record in the event.
In addition to Hughes, other headliners in the field include Dugan Murphy of Toledo, the No. 1-ranked individual in the nation according to the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. No. 8 Corbin Mills of Clemson, No. 43 McCuen Elmore of Clemson, No. 44 Ben Kohles of Virginia, No. 45 Denny McCarthy of Virginia and No. 47 Taylor Pendrith of Kent State join Murphy and Hughes (No. 50) as top-50 individuals in the field.
The Bucs will field a lineup of redshirt senior Rhys Enoch (Cornwall, England), sophomore Spencer Lawson (Raleigh, N.C.), along with freshmen Rhys Pugh (Pontypridd, Wales), Sam Edwards (Bigbury, England) and Scott Gibson (Dumfries, Scotland). In addition, freshmen Tom Heggerty (Cheshire, England) and Justin Hulbert (Orlando, Fla.) will compete as individuals.
Enoch has paced the Bucs through the first three tournaments of the season as he has recorded a top-20 finish in each of the three events, while Lawson has earned the top finish of the season when he came in 13th at the Inverness Intercollegiate.
The tournament will begin on Friday with each player starting on the 10th hole. Play will begin at 8:30 a.m. ETSU will be paired with Clemson and Wake Forest on the opening day, starting at 11:50 a.m.
Live scoring for the tournament will be available at GolfStat.com or by visiting ETSUBucs.com and clicking on the live stats link. In addition, Golfstat Radio will stream live on Friday and Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. and will follow the leaders on Sunday at approximately 1:15 p.m.
Blackthorn Club Golf Course was designed by Arthur Hills, twice named Golf Digest’s “Architect of the Year” and one of the top five course designers in the country. Hills drapes his courses around a simple idea--to capture the beauty of a place, not alter it.
Across the graceful landscape of Blackthorn Club, Hills has drawn on this same sensibility to lay out a masterpiece of hole-to-hole variety----what he calls “a golfer’s delight.” Like every great course, Blackthorn Club gives the golfer drama and excitement. You encounter water on seven holes, magnificent views and heart-pounding approach shots to the greens. For instance, hole #8, where golfers can play “safe” to the right side of Boones Creek or try to carry the green in two by flying over the water twice.
So it’s a course that is absolutely designed to be fun, regardless of the level of ability. Then again, there’s an ever-present temptation to “go for it.”
Official Tournament Name: Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate @ Blackthorn Club
Host School: East Tennessee State University
Location: Jonesborough, Tenn.
Dates: Oct. 14-16
Course: Blackthorn Club at The Ridges
Par/Yardage: 72 / 7,147-yards
Format: 54-holes / 18-holes each day
Field (15): Army, Clemson, ETSU, Kent State, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, N.C. State, Tennessee, Toledo, UNC Wilmington, Villanova, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
For more information on the ETSU men's golf team please visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the men’s golf link.