AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta State Men's Golf program will play host to many of the nation's top teams this weekend when the Insperity Augusta State Invitational gets underway at Forest Hills Golf Club.
The two-day, 54-hole event once again will feature one of the top fields of any men's intercollegiate tournament in the country. Of the 15 teams in the field, 13 are ranked in the top 50, including the fourth-ranked team and defending IASI champion Texas. The 2013 tournament will mark the 35th edition of the event and the ninth year of Insperity (formerly Administaff) serving as title sponsor of the tourney.
The field includes ASU, No. 40 Baylor, No. 39 Central Florida, No. 28 Clemson, No. 47 Coastal Carolina, No. 14 Georgia, No. 25 Houston, No. 24 Illinois, Purdue, No. 16 SMU, No. 35 South Carolina, No. 23 Tennessee, No. 4 Texas, No. 3 USC Aiken and No. 37 Virginia Tech.
The Longhorns edged Augusta State in a two-hole playoff in 2012 to capture the team title. Texas and ASU both fired a 26-under 838, the third-lowest total in tournament history. TCU freshman Julien Brun bested Dylan Frittelli of Texas by a single stroke to earn medalist honors.
Saturday's tournament schedule consists of 36 holes beginning with an 8:30 a.m., shotgun start on the par-72, 7,142-yard Forest Hills layout. Teams will play the first two rounds in threesomes, then will repair by score for Sunday's third and final round.
The Jaguars, in their second season under head coach Kevin McPherson, will feature a lineup that includes senior Derek Chang, junior Alex Wennstam, sophomores Robin Petersson and Cody Shafer along with freshman Maverick Antcliff. ASU has won eight of the last 15 team titles and Jaguars have won two of the last four individual crowns.
ASU will be paired with Georgia and South Carolina for Saturday's first two rounds. Texas, Houston and Central Florida will play alongside each other, while SMU, Clemson and Purdue and Baylor, Illinois and Tennessee are paired together. Coastal Carolina, Virginia Tech and USC Aiken will play together as well.
Live scoring (every three holes) will be available each day at www.golfstat.com. For more information on the tourney, visit the tournament central page at www.jaguarsroar.com/sports/mgolf/2012-13/insperity/index.
The event is free and open to the public. Concessions in the Forest Hill Grill are available for spectators.
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