Sept. 21, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army golf team will look to earn its 31st “Star,” this weekend against service academy rival Navy in the annual Ryder Cup-formatted event.
The golf rivalry began in 1939 and this year will be played at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.
The “Star” will be awarded following competition Saturday and Sunday at the 6,900-yard, par-71 layout. Action gets under way Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with four four-ball matches. The winner will be determined Sunday with seven singles matches that are scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. The first team to six points will win the “Star.”
“It’s a very unique format,” said Army head golf coach Brian Watts. “We may be the only two collegiate golf programs that compete this way.”
Navy has claimed the last two “Stars,” posting 7-4 and 6-5 victories. Army’s last win was in 2009, a 6-5 triumph in Annapolis, Md.
The match-up is being played at Rigdewood Country Club, a venue that has hosted the 1935 Ryder Cup, 1957 U.S. Senior Amateur, 1974 U.S. Amateur, 1981 LPGA Classic, 1990 U.S. Senior Open, 2001 Senior PGA Championship and the 2008 and 2010 Barclays.
“For the cadets and midshipmen, this is a great experience and playing it at a world class venue adds to that,” Watts said. “Rigdewood has hosted many major tournaments and we’re excited to compete there.”
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The Black Knights have competed in two events this fall, a ninth-place finish at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y., and a 7-4 victory over Columbia in a one-day dual match.
While Watts hasn’t finalized his lineup, he will have both veterans and newcomers to work with. Four returnees and five newcomers comprise the roster. John Lee, Eric Peng, Harrison Florence, Marcus Plunkett and Brandon Roberts will be competing in a service academy rivalry match for the first time but sophomore Robby Hill, juniors Brandon Baerwaldt and Anthony Kim and senior Matt Philie are veterans.
“The team is excited and well-prepared,” said Watts. “The course sets up well for our guys and we’re excited to compete.”
Army will continue its fall slate Oct. 12-14 at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough, Tenn.
MATCH NOTES: Navy leads the all-time series 41-30-1 … Army head coach Brian Watts is looking for his second match win against Navy … the match has been contested each season since 1939 except for the 1943 and 1944 seasons when Army discontinued golf … Army senior co-captain Matt Philie is 5-1 during his career against Navy, including a 3-0 four-ball mark … junior co-captain Anthony Kim is 2-2 with a pair of singles wins … Robby Hill tied his four-ball match last year … Brandon Baerwaldt is 0-3 opposite the Mids.