Friday March 14, 2014Gators Continue Spring at 35th Annual Chris Schenkel Invitational
Florida will continue their spring season at the 35th annual Chris Schenkel Invitational beginning tomorrow at the Forest Heights Country Club in southeast Georgia.
The Gators posted a season-best tournament score of 856 (-8) to claim a ninth place finish at the USF Invitational on Mar. 4, as they were led by junior J.D. Tomlinson who fired a career-low 64 in round three. Florida is looking to continue their momentum at the Schenkel this weekend.
Since its launch in 1971, the Chris Schenkel Invitational has been one of the most prestigious events in collegiate golf. Florida has a rich history at the event, playing in every tournament since 1989. UF has finished in the top-five for the last three years, including sealing the runner-up spot in 2011 with a final team score of 848 (-16) as Bank Vongvanij took individual medalist honors with his 207 (-9).
In 2012, the Gators shot an impressive 847 (-17) to tie for third and notched a fourth place finish last year with an 873. Alabama took the 2013 tournament crown, firing 16-under to capture the win by 10 strokes.
Course Information: The Forest Heights Country Club is a par-72, 6,962 yard course.
Tournament Information: The tournament will run from Friday, Mar. 14 to Sunday, Mar. 16 and is hosted by Buddy Alexander’s alma mater, Georgia Southern.
Format: 54-hole event where teams will play 18 each day of the tournament.
Friday – 9 a.m.
Saturday – TBA
Sunday – TBA
Buddy’s Bite: “The Schenkel is a special event in that basically it’s a blueprint of how college golf is played today. They were first tournament to do all of the things that tournaments now do for teams and players. It’s a great, older, traditional event that is played on a very good golf course and we’re excited to be playing in it.”
“We have the same six guys competing that we did at Lake Jovita, with one playing as an individual. Hopefully, the last two rounds at Jovita will carry into this event. J.D. (Tomlinson) shot a 64 in the last round and those are the little things that might help us. I think, most importantly, we have to get off to good start. Friday will be important for us. It’s a field that we can be competitive with and I have a good feeling going in.”
Eyeing the Competition: Highlighting the field are four ranked teams in the most recent Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll including No. 7 UCF, No. 9 Virginia, No. 13 UAB and No. 22 Texas. Florida will compete with Central Florida, North Florida and UAB for the second time this spring.
The Field (Golf World/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll):
College of Charleston
Follow the Gators: Play will begin tomorrow as the field tees off at 9:00 a.m. Live scoring will be available on GolfStat.com. A complete recap with full results will be posted on GatorZone.com following the day’s play.