Morganton, NC – The Stetson University men’s golf team will return to action this week when the Hatters participate in the Donald Ross Intercollegiate, hosted by Appalachian State University.
The event will be just the second of the fall for the Hatters, who opened with a 12th place finish at the GolfWeek Program Challenge in early September. Stetson will play four times over the next four weeks, starting in North Carolina and ending Nov. 5-6 in DeLand at the Stetson Invitational.
In between, the Hatters will play in the Mission Inn Collegiate Classic at El Campeon Golf Course in Howie-in-the-Hills, Fla., and the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate outside Charleston, SC.
The Donald Ross Intercollegiate tournament is named for famed Scottish-born course architect and creator of the Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club, which opened in 1929. The course, which is framed by the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains recently underwent a complete renovation.
The field of 18 teams includes three currently ranked among the top 50 in the nation by GolfStat. Wofford College enters the event ranked 14th in the country. The Terriers are followed by Wake Forest (33) and Gardner-Webb (T35).
The event also will feature five players who are currently ranked among the top 100 players in the nation. Wofford sophomore Cory Taylor is the highest ranked player in the field with a scoring average of 70.83, good for a tie for 42nd nationally.
Three other players in the field are tied for 62nd in the nation with a 71.33 scoring average. Those players are High Point senior Chase Wilson, Gardner-Webb senior Daniel Kim and Western Carolina sophomore J.T. Poston. Tennessee State sophomore James Stepp also enters play in the tournament nationally ranked, tied for 81st, with a 71.57 scoring average on the year.
“This tournament has a strong field on a great golf course,” Hatters head coach Bob Weickel said. “Our players have worked very hard during their time off and I anticipate that we can play for better scores and compete with this field of strong teams.”
Freshman Dustin Dingus (Palm Harbor, Fla.) has continued to play well through practice and qualifying and will lead the Hatters into this event. He opened his Stetson career with a four-over par score of 220. Sophomore Matt Taylor (Naples, Fla.) has moved up to second for the Hatters. He opened the year with a 16-over par 232 in the first event but has shown steady improvement over the last four weeks.
Junior Tyler White (Palm Harbor, Fla.) has maintained his third position on the team for this event. He opened the year with a 17-over par score of 233.
The lone newcomer to the group for this event is sophomore Jose Cruz (Queretaro, Mexico) who earned his spot on this trip with a strong performance in qualifying. Freshman Andrew Peterson (Andover, Minn.) held on to his spot on the travel squad following an opening score of 11-over par 227 in the first event of the year.
The Donald Ross Intercollegiate is scheduled for 54 holes of play over two days. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday and will conclude with a single round on Tuesday.
Full tournament scores and tee times will be available on GolfStat.com.