Golf looks to repeat success at John Hayt

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UNF’s golf team will test its skills against colleges from across the nation during the 2009 John Hayt
Collegiate Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach.

WHAT

The John Hayt Collegiate Invitational is one of the first major collegiate tournaments of the year and features eight of the 15 teams that are ranked in the top 25 in the nation.

“[It features] 15 of the very best college golf teams in the country on a championship golf course with an emphasis on impeccable hospitality and [is] in one of the greatest golfing communities the game has to offer,” UNF head golf coach Scott Schroeder said.

The invitational added more prestige recently when Jacksonville businessman John Hayt’s name was added to the event in 2007.

“John Hayt’s contributions to the university in general and to the athletics program in particular have helped to define the University of North Florida as one of the finest young universities in the country,” former UNF Director of Athletics Richard Gropper said in a press release.

WHEN

Jan. 22-24, all day

WHERE

The Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra.

LOOKING BACK

Last year UNF tied for third with Tennessee behind the University of Alabama and University of California, Los Angeles. Last year’s finish was the team’s highest finish since 2002, when they also finished third.

THIS SEASON

UNF enters this weekend’s invitational after finishing ninth out of the 15-team field at the Gator Invitational Feb. 15. The Ospreys finished the final round with a score of 287 to defeat five other teams.

Compiled by Matt Head.