Feb. 16, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army golf team will open its spring season this weekend in a match with Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
Army will face off with the Owls at the Polo Club of Boca Raton. Six golfers will compete for each team with the lowest four scores counting, a format similar to the Patriot League Championships.
Second-year golf head coach Brian Watts will take eight golfers to Florida this week, a trip that includes practice rounds at some of the top courses in Florida.
In addition to the practice and competition rounds at the Polo Club of Boca Raton, Army will also play Plantation Preserve Golf Course, the site of the second stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School, and PGA National. The Polo Club plays to over 7,000 yards and was designed by Tim Freeland. Plantation Preserve also plays to 7,000 yards and features an island green, split fairways and Everglades-inspired wetlands. PGA National plays host to the PGA Honda Classic event and has a distinguished history of tournament play including the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship and two decades work of PGA Seniors Championships.
“This is an opportunity for the whole team to travel,” said Watts. “All of our guys will have the opportunity to get better and be able to practice and compete. We are excited to get down there.”
Army will utilize its practice rounds to determine its lineup.
Florida Atlantic played in four events during the fall season, finishing seventh at the Houston Baptist Invitational and Stetson Invitational, 10th at the Xavier Invitational and 17th at the Northwestern Invitational.
An unseasonably warm winter has allowed Army to spend the bulk of its practice time outdoors with the team utilizing the Groves Golf Center on occasions.
Army competed in six tournaments and the dual match with Navy in the fall.
Seniors William Park and Ethan Johnson, juniors Matt Philie, Eric Park and Mark Marx, sophomores Brandon Baerwaldt and Anthony Kim and freshman Robby Hill will all make the trek to Florida.
Philie and Kim each played in every event during the fall season. Kim led the squad with a 75 scoring average through 16 rounds while Philie averaged 76.0 strokes per round. Johnson and William Park both competed five times. Hill and Marx played in three tournaments while Baerwaldt drew action twice. Eric Park competed once.
The Black Knights will compete in their first tournament of the spring March 12-13 at the Triumph at Pauma Valley, Calif.