Oct. 25, 2013
KIAWAH, ISLAND, S.C. - Wrapping up a solid fall slate, Rice University men's golf heads east for the final competition of the season this weekend. The Owls take on a 14 teams from around the nation at The Invitational at The Ocean Course over three rounds at the Kiawah Island Resort, which hosted the 2012 PGA Championship.
Eight top-100 teams in the latest GolfStat.com rankings join Rice for the event, including No. 8 Georgia, No. 17 USF, No. 59 Florida, No. 39 Kentucky, No. 62 Georgia Southern, No. 63 South Alabama, No. 85 Notre Dame and No. 92 Michigan. Rounding out the field is host College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, Francis Marion, Michigan State and Western Carolina.
The squads tee off at 7:30 a.m. ET on both Sunday and Monday. Tuesday's final round begins at 8 a.m. ET with a shotgun start.
The Owls competing are Joe Beck III, James Lee, Alex Levy, Landon Michelson and Kevin Reilly. Tommy Economou is participating in the event as an individual.
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has played host to the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA Championships. The Ocean Course is only the fourth course to host each of the PGA of America's major championships. Probably no other golf course in the world outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland is affected as much by the wind. Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere.
Florida returns as the two-time defending tournament champion after battling windy conditions in last year's final round, where the field averaged an 80.48 scoring average - the highest of the tournament. The Gators carded a three-round score of 882 (+18), while junior Scott Wolfes of Georgia Southern won individual medalist honors a year ago finishing at 4-over par. Along with Florida and Georgia Southern, host College of Charleston and No. 17-ranked South Florida will battle The Ocean Course for the second year in a row. Georgia enters the tournament as the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 5 in the nation in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches Division I Poll.