Sep 8, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB men’s golf team will trek across the Pacific Ocean for its first tournament of the fall season, the Topy Cup. The three-round event will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 10 and run until Thursday, Sept. 12 in Tanagura, Japan.
“We’re lucky we get to go,” head coach Alan Murray said. “Only four men’s teams from the United States get to go every year. The golf will always be serious, but after the golf is over we can have a great cultural experience. We get to a see a bunch of stuff we have never seen before.”
The Blazers will face off against Charlotte, TCU, and Washington in the tournament. Washington was ranked No. 5 in the preseason GolfWorld/Nike Golf Division I Coaches’ Poll, while TCU was No. 12 in the coaches’ rankings.
“From what I have heard, speaking with some of the teams that have been there the past few years, the tournament is really competitive,” commented Murray. “The standards are quite high. We will have to play well if we want to do well.”
UAB returns a solid nucleus from last year’s squad who advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the second consecutive season. Murray will send out seniors Sam Love, Wilson McDonald, and Thomas Sutton, junior Paul Dunne, and sophomore Martin Rohwer in the team’s first event of the year. Each of the five had success during the summer in amateur tournaments.
“Hopefully, they will keep doing what they have been doing,” added Murray. “Playing well always gives you confidence. They just need to keep doing what they have been doing. We have really good players. When you have good players, it’s not surprising when they play well.”
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