Golf To Compete in Prestigious Golfweek Event
July 23, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech will represent Conference USA at the 2013 Golfweek Conference Challenge as the prestigious invitation-only event headlines the fall schedule for head coach Jeff Parks and the Bulldogs.
LA Tech will be one of 15 teams participating in the season-opening event held at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa on Sept. 15 through 17 as the Bulldogs will compete against some of the top teams in the country, including LSU, Arizona, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Iowa, New Mexico and Houston.
"I am excited to get the fall season underway," Parks said. "The Golfweek Conference Challenge is going to be one of the best tournaments we have played in since I have been coaching here. The field is full of top programs from around the country. This will be a good test for us as we start off the year with this type of competition. The exposure that a tournament of this caliber brings to our program is incredible. It will be an honor to represent Conference USA in this event especially since we are brand new to the league."
In addition to participating in the Golfweek Conference Challenge, Parks and Co. will also compete in three other fall events, including hosting the second annual Jim Rivers Intercollegiate held at Squire Creek Country Club.
The Jim Rivers Intercollegiate is named in honor of the former LA Tech letter-winner and three-year captain who played for the Bulldogs in the 1950s. From 1953 through 1956, Rivers helped guide the Bulldog golf team to an amazing 39 victories in 43 matches and four straight conference championships.
This year's event will be hosted by the Bulldogs Oct. 21 and 22 and the 12-team field will include Southern Miss, Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Louisiana, North Texas, Missouri State, Central Arkansas, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Houston Baptist, UNO and UALR.
The Bulldogs will also compete in the David Toms Intercollegiate hosted by LSU at the University Club Golf Course in Baton Rouge Oct. 5 and 6 as well as the Arkansas State Fall Beach Classic held at Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Alabama Nov. 4 and 5.
"I know the guys have been working hard over the summer getting their games ready to compete," Parks said. "With almost everyone returning, I feel that we should be able to build on what we have been doing over the past few years. The freshmen and newcomers will bring some much-needed competition to the roster and will hopefully push us to yet another level in our golf program."
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