STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State's men's golf team returns to the course on Monday, Oct. 16, competing in the Squire Creek Intercollegiate, hosted by Louisiana Tech and Squire Creek Golf Club. The 54-hole tournament will continue thru Tuesday's final round.
The Bulldogs are coming off their second win of the season at the Magnolia Cup at Old Waverly Golf Club. MState topped the Ole Miss Rebels by nine strokes in the one-round event back on Oct. 6. It marks the first fall season that MSU has won two events since the fall of 1998.
The 2006 edition of the Squire Creek Intercollegiate will be the second straight time that the Bulldog golf team has participated in the event. Last season, State finished third in the 20-team event. Squire Creek Golf Club has received rave reviews since it first opened in August of 2002. The Tom Fazio designed course was ranked the top golf course in the state of Louisiana in 2005. The course plays to a par 72 and spans over 7,100 yards.
Head coach Clay Homan will start five sophomores this week - Matt Fast, Noah Goldman, Carlos Sainz, Jr., Logan Young and Brian Mason. Fast leads the team in scoring with a 72.50 average and the Hattiesburg, Miss. native has finished in the top-20 in the past two 54-hole tournaments. Goldman led MSU at Squire Creek a year ago, finishing fifth. He posted three straight rounds of par or better in the event. Sainz, Jr. will be making his 16th consecutive start as a Bulldog. He has played in every event since coming to campus last fall.
The Maroon and White come in to the tournament ranked 35th according to Golfstat.com in its latest rankings which were released last week. The Bulldogs are also continuing to receive votes in the GCAA/Bridgestone Top 25 poll.
The field at the Squire Creek Intercollegiate includes - Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Jacksonville State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, North Texas, Ole Miss, Rice, Sam Houston State, Santa Clara, South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, Tennessee-Chattanooga, Texas-Arlington and Western Kentucky.
Monday's competition includes 36 holes which will begin with an 8 a.m. shot gun start.