Golf Season Gets Underway Sunday

Matt Philie

Matt Philie

Aug. 30, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y.  – The Army golf team will open its 2012-13 season Sunday and Monday at the Fourth Annual Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y. The 13-team field will compete at Kaluhyat Course at Turning Stone, a par-72, 7,105-yard Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course.

The University of Missouri is host of the event that also features Canisius, Central Connecticut State, Cincinnati, Cleveland State, Delaware, Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne, Louisville, Loyola, Memphis, St. Peter’s and Villanova.

The 54-hole tournament includes 36 holes on Sunday and an 18-hole final round on Monday.

Army’s golf season commenced last Wednesday with the official first day of practice and third-year head coach Brian Watts and the eight team members have been hard at work since.

Watts welcomed a freshman class of four golfers to complement the four returnees.

A busy fall season awaits the Black Knights who will compete in two dual matches and four tournaments beginning this Labor Day weekend.

“Our schedule is difficult and we play a lot of great events,” said Watts. “After last season’s schedule and with incoming freshmen who have competed at the highest levels, I think we will be much more prepared for it. I’m not saying we are going to win but we have cadets in the lineup who have competed across the country and against the top programs.”

Matt Philie is the lone senior on the squad and will serve as team co-captain, along with junior Anthony Kim. Brandon Baerwaldt is also a junior while Robby Hill returns for his second season.

The accomplished and decorated freshman class includes John Lee, Eric Peng, Marcus Plunkett and Brandon Roberts.

“Our team is dynamic,” said Watts. “With four returnees and four freshmen who are all very good golfers looking to push for a spot, it has been competitive. For our program to have success, we have to be competitive throughout the team. Competition will make them all better golfers.”

Following play at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate, Army will compete in a dual match against Columbia in nearby Tuxedo, N.Y., on Sept. 8.

The Army-Navy match will be held in Paramus, N.J., this season at Ridgewood Country Club. The two-day event is set for Sept. 22 and 23.

The Black Knights will compete in a pair of tournaments in October. The Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate will be held Oct. 12-14 at the Blackthorn Club with the Service Academy Classic scheduled for Oct. 22-23 at Trump National in Colts Neck, N.J.

Army will close the fall portion of its schedule Nov. 3-4 at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate in Sapphire, N.C.

The spring schedule has not yet been finalized but the Patriot League Championships will be held in Bethlehem, Pa., April 27-28.

The Black Knights will look to have a presence at the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season. Last year, senior William Park qualified as an individual while the year prior, Army won the Patriot League and competed in the NCAA Tucson Regional.

NOTES: Assistant coach Richard Brazeau returns for his second season … Army baseball standout and Academic All-American Zach Price will serve as the team’s Athletic Intern … The Patriot League Championships are scheduled for April 27-28 in Bethlehem, Pa. … The NCAA Championships are set to begin May 29 in Atlanta, Ga. … Previous winners of the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate include Baylor (2011), Purdue (2010) and Missouri (2010).

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