MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 1, 2016) – The West Virginia University golf team will play in back-to-back tournaments starting this weekend when the team travels to Franklin, Tennessee, to compete in the Mason Rudolph Championship hosted by Vanderbilt at the Vanderbilt Legends Club on Saturday and Sunday.
The Mountaineers will then trek to West Point, Mississippi, for the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship, hosted by Mississippi State on Monday and Tuesday at Old Waverly Golf Club.
“Both Vanderbilt and Mississippi State host outstanding events on two great golf courses,” said coach Sean Covich. “The competition will be some of the best we’ve seen to date. This stretch of tournament golf will test us both mentally and physically.”
The Mason Rudolph Championship will start at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday with a shotgun start for the first 36 holes. Golfers will play the final 18 on Sunday, with fixed tee times starting at 9 a.m. ET. The Vanderbilt Legends Club South Course will be set up as a par-71, 7,100-yard layout.
In addition to WVU and host No. 10 Vanderbilt, No. 17 Alabama, No. 19 Florida, Middle Tennessee, UAB, SMU, Rice, Liberty, Ball State, Lamar, ETSU, Samford and Memphis will make up the field. The Commodores won last season’s event, while the Crimson Tide tied for the runner-up spot after taking home the team title in 2014.
The Old Waverly Collegiate Championship tees off Monday with 36 continuous holes beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. ET. The final 18 holes will also be a shotgun start, commencing at 9:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday. The course, which surrounds Lake Waverly, features a par-72, 7,000-yard layout.
The tournament boasts a 16-team field with seven programs ranked inside Golfstat’s top 100. No. 56 Lipscomb and No. 60 Georgia State lead the way, with Mississippi State (89), Ole Miss (69), Chattanooga (87), McNeese State (75) and Big 12 foe Kansas State (78) also in the rankings. Cincinnati, Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Southern Mississippi, South Alabama, Louisiana and UT-Arlington will comprise the remainder of the field.
Avery Schneider, Alan Cooke, Max Sear, Easton Renwick and Chris Williams will represent the Mountaineers at both events. Tristan Nicholls will compete as an individual at Old Waverly.
Live stat are available on Golfstat.com for the Mason Rudolph Championship and on BirdieFire.com for Old Waverly.
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