Men's Golf to Challenge the Nation's Best at Inverness Intercollegiate
Dates: Sept. 19-20
Total Holes: 54
Format: 36 holes Fri., 18 holes Sat.
The Field: (15) Kansas State, Augusta State, Duke, Central Florida, Kent State, Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Toledo, UCLA
Name Yr-Exp RNDS Avg.
Aaron Watkins Sr-3L 1 71.5
Josh Persons So-1L 1 72.0
Matt Van Cleave Jr-1L 1 74.5
Greg Douglas Sr-2L 1 76.0
A.J. Elgert Sr-3L 1 76.5
The Inverness Club in
This year's field at the 2003 Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational is stacked. Out of the 15 teams entered in this weekends tournament, 12 competed in NCAA Regional competition during 2003.
The Cats will use the same five golfers in
The second-place finish by the Cats at the Badger Invitational was its best start to a fall season since K-State finished second at the Baker Invitational way back on
With rain cutting the Badger Invitational down from 54 holes to 36 holes, the Wildcats weathered the storm and finished a mere three-strokes back of tournament champion UNC-Wilmington, which fired a 585.
Individually, Aaron Watkins and Josh Persons carried their successful summer at the U.S. Amateur into the Wildcats' first collegiate competion of the season. Watkins finished in a tie for second after carding a 70-73143, three strokes back of individual champion Craig Revel of Michigan State, who scored a 70-70140 at the invitational. Persons shot at par each day and finished in a tie for fourth with a consistent 72-72144. Also placing in the top 10 was senior Matt Van Cleave, who posted a 75-74149.
Moving up the Ladder
Under the guidance of seventh year coach Tim Norris, the Cats continue to improve its final ranking with the rest of the country. The Wildcats have marked improvement in its final ranking for the last three seasons. The Cats have moved up from No. 106 in the 2000-01 Golfweek/Sagarin rankings to No. 55 at the end of the 2002-03 season.
Last Year at the
The Florida Gators came away with an easy victory at the 2002 Inverness Intercollegiate Invitational, finishing at 878 overall, nine strokes ahead of second-place
Individually, Greg Douglas led the Wildcats, finishing in seventh-place with a score of 74-74-71219, just four strokes off of the pace of individual champion Camilo Villegas of