Eagles Land in Hawaii for Kaua'i Collegiate Cup
STATESBORO, GA After a two week hiatus, the Georgia Southern golf team returns to action at the 10th Annual Kaua’i Collegiate Cup hosted by Western Kentucky University on the Garden Isle of Hawai’i. Competition begins March 13 on the par 72, 6,991 yard Wailua Golf Course.
The field includes 12 teams: BYU-Hawai’i, East Tennessee, Hawai’i Pacific, Jackson State, Lipscomb University, North Dakota State, Sam Houston State, South Carolina Upstate, Walters State, Wayland Baptist and host Western Kentucky. Leading the teams are East Tennessee and Georgia Southern, who are ranked No. 28 and 49, respectively, in the latest Golfweek/Saragin Rankings.
Georgia Southern is coming out of the John Hayt Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. where it finished third in the 15-team field. The Eagles combined for a three-day total 895 (+31), two strokes behind second-place Arizona State and five ahead of fourth-place Georgia State. In addition to placing in the top five, the Eagles garnered three top-15 individual finishes.
The Eagles will send Logan Blondell, Drew Lethem, Joe Monte, Ryan LeFevre, Spencer Fulford and Jordan Johnstun to the tournament. The top three positions will go to Blondell, Lethem and Monte, while the four, five and six are up for grabs. Monte was Georgia Southern’s top finisher at the John Hayt Invitational, claiming sole possession of sixth place, earning him Southern Conference Player of the Week honors.
Georgia Southern will face some travel and weather adjustments before the tournament begins. “It’s a long way to go. Luckily when you go to Hawaii you can leave a little earlier opposed to other tournaments. We’re going to try to get out there, get acclimated to the time change and play a couple rounds of golf before the tournament,” said head coach Larry Mays. “The grasses will be a little different than here and the wind will be a factor. But we’ve played in a lot of wind this spring. It has been very windy in the past two tournaments we’ve played in.”
The 54-hole event will consist of 36 holes on Friday and the final 18 on Saturday, March 14. Rounds one and two begin on Friday at 7:30 a.m. (local time).
- Category: Golf
- Published on Thursday, 12 March 2009 00:26