NAPLES, Fla. – Coming off a tournament win, the FGCU men’s golf team will look to claim another valuable title on Sunday and Monday, Mar. 16-17, at the Talis Park Collegiate Challenge. The inaugural event, hosted by Ball State University, will take place at Talis Park Golf Club.
The 54-hole event will have a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday in which the 14-team field will play 36 holes, and come to a close on Monday with 18 holes beginning at 8:30 in the morning with another shotgun start. Live scoring will be available every three or six holes by following the link at the top right of this release or by visiting www.birdiefire.com. Updates will also be posted on Twitter @FGCU_MGolf throughout the tournament.
In addition to Ball State and FGCU, the other 12 teams participating are: Austin Peay, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, IUPUI, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Notre Dame, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Wichita State and Xavier. Six of the 14 teams are ranked inside the top-100 in the nation by Golfweek, led by No. 17 Vanderbilt and capped by No. 99 FGCU (complete rankings below).
Head coach Brent Jensen will send out the following lineup as FGCU looks for back-to-back tournament titles:
1) Jack Hernandez (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS)
2) Matt Cote (Palm Harbor, Fla./Palm Harbor University HS)
3) Blake Biggs (Peoria, Ill./Eastern Florida State College/Peoria Notre Dame HS)
4) Casper Howells (London, England/Bradfield College)
5) Jake Sherwin (Fort Myers, Fla./Evangelical Christian HS)
Individual) Mike Andre (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS)
The Talis Park Golf Club plays to a par-72 layout and a length of 7,025 yards. Designed by Greg Norman and Pete Dye, the acclaimed Talis Park course is one of only two in the world created by the distinguished partnership. Golf Digest recently named the course one of the top-20 in Florida.
The Eagles claimed a tournament title at the Harmony Preserve Intercollegiate last week, finishing with a score of 854, while four FGCU golfers placed within the top-10. Cote accounted largely to the win with a tournament-best score of 66 in his last round.
The win was the second for FGCU of the 2013-14 season and the ninth overall for Jensen since taking over the helm beginning in 2010-11. It was the 38th all-time tournament victory since 2000-01 for one of FGCU’s original sports, and marked the 17th win in the Division-I era (2007-08).
After action at the Talis Park Collegiate Challenge, FGCU will wrap up a busy month of March as it heads to the FAU-hosted Spring Break Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla., Mar. 28-30.
TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golfweek Rankings)
#90 Notre Dame
#92 Austin Peay
#125 Eastern Michigan
#129 Ball State
#138 Wichita State
#156 Miami University
#269 Northern Illinois