IU Golf Returns to the Tee Box On Sunday
March 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's golf team, ranked in the top-10 by nearly every national publication, will compete in the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship from March 22-24.
"This is one of the very best fields gathered together throughout the entire season," said Head Coach Mike Mayer back in the fall. "We are excited to be a part of it."
Officials have altered the format for the Collegiate Match Play Championship due to the proposed changes to the Division I championships. Originally conceived as a true match play event, the Collegiate Match Play Championship will now contain both a medal and match play component. The 16 participating teams will play 36 holes of stroke play during the first day of competition. The top eight finishers will then advance to a championship match play bracket while finishers nine through 16 will be placed in a consolation bracket. Each team will play three rounds of match play over the next two days. The match play portion will reflect the proposed format of the NCAA Championships.
The field is comprised of the top 10-ranked teams nationally at the conclusion of all conference championships in 2008, two sponsor invites and is completed with the next top four teams from the NCAAs not already among the field. The complete field includes: Alabama, Arizona State, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Duke, Florida State, Indiana, Louisville, Middle Tennessee State, San Diego, San Diego State, Stanford, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and UC-Irvine.
"This tournament should prepare our guys for the new NCAA format that we could see at Inverness (the site of the 2009 NCAA Championships)," said Mayer.
The Farms Golf Club is located in San Diego, Calif., and is sure to provide a tough challenge for the competitors. From the most difficult tees, the par-72 course measures 6,911 yards; and is widely considered one of the finest golf courses in the country.
The medal rounds are set for a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m. on March 22. The pairings for the medal rounds were announced on Tuesday:
Chattanooga, Duke, San Diego State, UC Irvine
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