Mountaineers Head to No. 1 Wake Forest
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Sept. 22, 2019) – In another test on a young season, the West Virginia University golf team makes its return to the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational, hosted by three-time national champion Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Monday and Tuesday.
The Demon Deacons, currently ranked No.1 in the first Golfweek/Sagarin rankings of the year, will host 12 programs in a field that boasts a combined 26 national titles. The No. 17 Mountaineers will be joined by No. 13 Penn State, No. 8 Washington, No. 78 Virginia Tech, No. 7 Louisville, No. 40 Rutgers, No. 94 Cincinnati, No. 42 East Carolina, Yale, No. 72 Augusta, Georgia Southern and Maryland.
West Virginia is paired with Rutgers and Virginia Tech for the first two rounds. Golfers will head out in tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. for 36 continuous holes on the par-70, 6,966-yard course on Monday. They’ll return to the links for the third and final round on Tuesday.
“We are excited to return to Old Town Club, which is such a great golf course designed by legendary Perry Maxwell. He also designed two Big 12 Championship venues: Prairie Dunes and Southern Hills,” coach Sean Covich said. “Unique course qualities such as blind tee shots, a shared double green complex on No. 8 and No. 17 and a challenging collection of par-3s make this one of my favorite courses. Last year, we didn’t play all that great in our first trip there but I expect the returning players to use their experiences from last year to our advantage.”
The Mountaineer lineup will be No. 1 Matthew Sharpstene, No. 2 Philipp Matlari, No. 3 Nico Lang, No. 4 Mark Goetz and No. 5 Etienne Papineau. The lineup consists of the same five players that combined for a fifth-place finish at the Gopher Invitational, but in a different order. WVU’s tee times start Papineau at 8:40 a.m.
Sharpstene finished in 11th place at one-over-par in Minnesota and was joined in the top 25 by Matlari and Lang, who took 16th and 21st place, respectively.
Additionally, sophomore Kurtis Grant, junior Logan Perkins and freshmen Christian Boyd and Trent Tipton will play as individuals in the NKU Fall Classic, hosted by Northern Kentucky at Lassing Point Golf Course in Union, Kentucky, on Monday and Tuesday. Golfers will two rounds off the par-71, 6,724-yard championship tees on Monday starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday before capping the tournament will the final 18 holes on Tuesday.
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