WVU Returns to Alabama for Tiger Invite
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 4, 2017) – Two weeks after competing in the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate, the West Virginia University golf team returns to Alabama for the Tiger Invitational Presented by Jason Dufner from March 5-7 in Opelika.
Golfers will tee off at 10:30 a.m. ET.
No. 17 Auburn, Dufner’s alma mater, will host the event at the par-72, 7,149-yard Grand National Lakes Course. In addition to the Tigers and the Mountaineers, the 19-team field consists of Big 12 foe Kansas State as well as No. 25 Kennesaw State, Missouri, James Madison, Charlotte, Troy, Minnesota, UNCW, Georgia State, South Alabama, Maryland, Louisville, UNCG, Mississippi State, Arkansas State, Samford and Davidson.
“Any time you get to play a PGA TOUR venue, it’s a special treat,” WVU coach Sean Covich said. “This course presents many challenges, mainly the undulating greens. Our short games will be tested this week. I look forward to seeing how our guys respond to a less-than-stellar performance our last time out.”
Max Sear, Tristan Nicholls, Chris Williams, Etienne Papineau and Alan Cooke will take part in the tournament for the Mountaineers.
Sear most recently led WVU with a T-34 finish at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate in Mobile, Alabama, in February. He finished five over par with a 221 and continues to pace the team with a 72.93 scoring average.
Cooke brings a 74.14 scoring average into the tournament, boasting a trio of rounds in the 60s in his career. Papineau boasts a 74.27 scoring average and three top-10 finishes in his first season with the Mountaineers.
Following the Tiger Invitational, West Virginia remains on the road for Spring Break. The Mountaineers travel to Tallahassee, Florida, for the Seminole Intercollegiate from March 10-12.
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