Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla. – Just two days after returning home from a strong showing in North Carolina, the Stetson men’s golf team will be back in action this weekend at the Mission Inn Classic, hosted by St. John’s University.
The event will be played on the El Campeon Course at the Mission Inn Resort and will feature 10 men’s teams along with four women’s squads. The teams will play single rounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with tee times starting at 7:45 a.m.
In addition to Stetson, the men’s event will feature the host team from St. John’s along with Alabama State, Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Embry Riddle, Florida A&M, Johnson & Wales, Savannah State and Tampa.
Stetson will send the same group of players to compete in the event this weekend. That group includes freshmen Dustin Dingus (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Andrew Peterson (Andover, Minn.), sophomores Matt Taylor (Naples, Fla.) and Jose Rosales Cruz (Queretaro, Mexico) and junior Tyler White (Palm Harbor, Fla.).
The Hatters finished 10 shots in front of Appalachian State this past weekend at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, which was hosted by the Mountaineers. Both Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman have gotten off to good starts this year. The Wildcats are ranked 23rd in the nation according to GolfStat with an average individual round score of 73.2 this fall. ASU is tied for 28th with an average score of 73.4.
The highest ranked individuals in the field are B-CU freshman Ryan Fricker, who is tied for fifth nationally with a 69.0 scoring average, and Wildcats’ junior Matthew McKnight, who is tied for 30th in the country with a 70.67 scoring average.
The Hatters will attempt to match the players from Bethune-Cookman head-to-head in the opening round on Friday. Those two teams, along with players from Johnson & Wales, will start on the back nine with tee times starting at 8:25 a.m.
All of the teams will be challenged by an El Campeon Course that is one of the most unique in Florida, with more than 85 feet of elevation change throughout the course. Designed by George O’Neil, the course received further updates in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke and again in 2010 when the greens were completely redone.
The course will be a par 72, playing 6,734 yards, for the men this weekend. It has a slope of 135 and a rating of 72.