MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 15, 2016) – The West Virginia University golf team will conclude the regular season this weekend when the team travels to University Park, Pennsylvania, to compete in the Ruther Intercollegiate at the Penn State Blue Course on Saturday and Sunday.
Golfers will tee off of the first and tenth holes in fixed tee times starting at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, playing 36 continuous holes. West Virginia will be paired with Seton Hall and Rutgers, and will be the first parings to start the first round. The Blue Course follows a par-71, 7,202-yard format. There will be no live scoring for the event.
“It snowed on us at Ohio State, which is pretty unusual,” coach Sean Covich said. “We’re looking forward to getting up to Penn State and having some nice weather.”
Easton Renwick, Chris Williams, Alan Cooke, Max Sear and Tristan Nicholls will represent the Mountaineers this weekend, with Avery Schneider competing as an individual.
“Chris, Allen and Easton should be rested up,” Covich said. “Tristan has been playing really well. He’s got some confidence and has played well all spring. This is our final tune-up before Big 12s, so we’re hoping to play well.”
Nicholls led WVU with a score of 73-79=152 (+10) at last weekend’s Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio. Playing through snow and frost delays, the Mountaineers got off to a strong start but faltered on the second day of action to finish 15th overall.
“We just talked about embracing the elements and competing,” Covich said of last week’s tournament. “They did a really good job on Saturday. Sunday, ironically, with the weather a little bit better, we didn’t perform as well as we wanted to. What Avery and Tristan did during the blizzard was pretty impressive.”
Fellow freshman Sear leads the team with a 74.14 stroke average through 11 tournaments this season. A senior, Renwick is close behind with an average of 74.46 in nine tournaments. Sear, Cooke, Williams and Renwick have each recorded a round of 69 or lower in competition this season, with Renwick and Cooke tied for the Mountaineers’ best low round of the year with a 67.
In addition to the No. 31-ranked Nittany Lions, the Mountaineers will be joined in the field by Binghamton, No. 89 UConn, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, Xavier and Youngstown State.
Host Penn State is the returning champion at the event, and has won the tournament 23 times in its 40-year existence. The Nittany Lions previously won the Mountaineer Intercollegiate in October, with UConn finishing as the runner-up.
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SOURCE: WVU Golf