MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 10, 2016) – The West Virginia University golf team resumes spring competition this week as the Mountaineers travel to Tallahassee, Florida, for the Seminole Intercollegiate March 11-13. The three-round tournament will be hosted by Florida State at Southwood Golf Club.
The Mountaineers will be represented by Chris Williams, Easton Renwick, Max Sear, Alan Cooke and Tristan Nicholls at the tournament. Live scoring will be provided via Golfstat.
The 14-team field features 10 teams ranked in Golfstat’s Top 100 and four in the Top 50. No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Florida State lead the way, while No. 23 Penn State will also compete. Other teams in the field include East Tennessee State, Illinois State, Jacksonville, James Madison, Louisville, Mercer, Ole Miss, Penn, Troy and VCU.
“Southwood is playing firm and fast right now, which will put a premium on our short games,” said coach Sean Covich. “We have to be able to chip and putt well this week if we hope to have good numbers. This is a talented field with some of the nation’s best teams, highlighted by Auburn and Florida State, both of whom are ranked inside the top five.”
Voted Tallahassee’s Best Golf Course by Tallahassee Magazine and named one of Golf Magazine’s Top 35 New Courses in America, Southwood Golf Club was designed by Fred Couples and Gene Bates in 2002. It is a par-72 that runs 7,172 yards long with a 74.3 rating and slope of 135.
Golfers will tee off of the first and tenth holes at 8:30 a.m. each morning, playing one round of 18 holes each day. WVU is paired with VCU and individuals from FSU and Auburn for the first round. Nicholls will tee of first for the Mountaineers at 8:30 a.m., followed by Cooke (8:40 a.m.), Sear (8:50 a.m.), Renwick (9 a.m.) and Williams (9:10 a.m.). All five will tee off Hole 1.
The team is coming off a third-place finish at the President’s Day Challenge in Richmond, Texas, on Feb. 15. Nicholls, playing as an individual, was the top WVU finisher with a ninth-place finish four over par. Renwick’s 73.20 stroke average through 15 rounds of play leads the team, just beating out Sear’s average of 73.38 over 18 rounds. The two have combined for three top-20 finishes this season, while Renwick and Cook each posted a low round of 67 in the fall.
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SOURCE: WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY SPORTS