Updated Oct 16, 2005 21:20:12
Tech Hosts Squire Creek Invitational Monday and Tuesday
RUSTON – The strongest field in Louisiana Tech Invitational history will take to the course Monday and Tuesday at Squire Creek Country Club as 20 teams compete for the title at the Tom Fazio-designed masterpiece in Choudrant, La.
Monday will consist of 36 holes as an 8 a.m. shotgun start will begin the tournament followed by an afternoon round. The tournament will conclude Tuesday at the par-72, 7,105-yard course with 18 holes with an 8:30 a.m. tee time.
Tech head coach Jean Hall said he feels like this year’s field of teams should make for one of the toughest tournaments in the area in recent history.
“It’s by far the strongest field we have ever had,” Hall said. “We have some very talented teams from the Southeastern Conference, Conference USA and the Big 12. We also have the defending tournament champions back in Texas-Arlington. It’s impossible to predict who will win this week.”
In addition to the big conference programs that Hall mentioned, Squire Creek Country Club, which was the site of the 2005 Western Athletic Conference championship last spring, will host regional teams such as Louisiana-Monroe, Tulane, Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans, North Texas and Centenary.
Hall said that although most tournaments usually consist of anywhere from 12 to 15 teams, he wanted to allow as many as possible to play to make the field as competitive as possible.
“We’ve got 20 teams plus five more players competing as individuals,” Hall said. “I wanted to accommodate as many programs as possible and I still had to turn teams away. People have heard about Squire Creek and our hospitality and everyone wants to play in this tournament.”
Competing for the Bulldogs this week will be Logan Riester, Amrith de Soysa, Trey McNeill, Corey Bartlett and Hjortur Brynjarsson while Mark Volk, Chad Bailey and Taylor Gregg will compete as individuals.