It has been thirty years since my alma mater, West Virginia University, fielded a golf team. This weekend, the revived team makes its first tournament start at the Tiger Turning Stone Invitational, a 15-team, 54 hole event played at Turning Stone’s Kaluhyat course.
Coincidentally, I played Kaluhyat, and the other courses at Turning Stone this past summer. Good Karma.
Teams at the event include the hosts, the Missouri Tigers, as well as Boston College, Villanova, Xavier, Seton Hall, Cleveland State, Sacred Heart, Binghamton, St. Peter’s, Northern Kentucky, Loyola, Grand Canyon, Alabama State and Hartford.
After the first round, the Mountaineers were in eighth place with a team score of 300. In the second round, the team improved its collective score to finish tied with Seton Hall for seventh. They’re 23 strokes behind leader Missouri, though.
West Virginia is in a tough place in the Big 12. Teams such as Texas and Oklahoma State are consistently among the best in collegiate golf, producing the professional likes of Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler.
Coach Sean Covich seems to have done an incredible job recruiting players for a start-up. The initial four were enticed to Morgantown for a team that would not tee up the ball for another fifteen months.
Watching my WVU golf play a tournament in person has become a new must-do item for me. Perhaps I can make it to the tournament in Columbus next April. That’s only a few hours drive from GolfBlogger World Headquarters in Ann Arbor.