COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Many of the country’s top collegiate golfers will appear in Aggieland this weekend as Texas A&M hosts the Aggie Invitational at Traditions Golf Course.
Admission is free for fans as the tournament begins with 36 holes during the event’s opening two rounds on Saturday before concluding with a final round of 18 holes on Sunday morning. Each round is slated to begin at 7:30 a.m.
THE AGGIE INVITATIONAL FIELD
The 2014 Aggie Invitational field consists of 12 teams, eight of which are ranked in the top 50 according to the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin rankings … Three of the teams (No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 4 California and No. 10 Texas A&M) appear in the top 10 while two other squads (No. 25 Arkansas and No. 26 LSU find themselves in the top 30 … In addition to the top-ranked teams, the individual field includes nine players who are ranked among the top 50 golfers in the country (Golfweek/Sagarin).
2014 Aggie Invitational Field (GolfStat Rankings): (21) Arkansas, (3) California, (30) Kent State, (25) LSU, Michigan, New Mexico State, North Texas, (2) Oklahoma State, Pacific, (41) San Diego State, (16) Texas A&M, (49) Texas Tech
Admission is free for spectators on both days with bleachers located on the course in good view of numerous holes … Traditions Clubhouse will be open to the public during the tournament (credit card purchases only please) … Spectators are asked to turn cell phones off and remain on the cart paths or in the rough, while staying at least 15 yards away from the golfers.
GREAT PRIZES FOR FANS
Fans who come out to Traditions Club will have the opportunity to win some great prizes, including a set of TaylorMade irons and a Ping golf bag … To be eligible to win these gifts, fans need to register at the 12th Man Rewards table which is located between the No. 1 and No. 10 tee boxes … Fans can register on either Saturday or Sunday, or double their chance of winning by registering on both days, before the drawing takes place on Sunday.
Now in its eighth year, the Aggie Invitational has become one of the highlights of the college golf calendar each year, ranking among the highest-attended events in the country … Texas A&M is tied with Oklahoma State for the most team titles, with the Aggies winning in 2010 and 2011 and the Cowboys claiming victories in 2005 and 2009 … Jordan Russell is the lone Texas A&M golfer to bring home an individual title for the home-standing Aggies, winning medalist honors in 2010 ... Last year, Alabama took the team title, shooting 18-over par to finish 18 strokes ahead of second place finisher, Kent State … Individually, Crimson Tide golfer Cory Whitsett shot eight-under par to claim 2013 medalist honors by just one shot.
Traditions (opened 2004) will be set up to play at par-72, 7,146 yards ... For those familiar with Traditions Club, hole No. 8 will serve as the first hole for this weekend's action, hole No. 9 as the second hole, hole No. 1 as the third hole, and so on ... The back 9 will remain the same as usual.
54 holes, stroke play ... Each team will play five golfers and count four scores ... A team champion and medalist will be crowned following competition.
Saturday's forecast calls for cloudy conditions and a high near 70 degrees ... Sunday's forecast calls for cloudy conditions with a high in the low-70s.