Sept. 23, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - For the first time since 2008, the UAB men’s golf team will host the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate. This year’s tournament will be even more special as former Blazer and PGA star Graeme McDowell will make an appearance at this year’s event, serving as the tournament host.
The 2012 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate Hosted By Graeme McDowell will begin with 36 holes on Monday, followed by the final 18 holes on Tuesday. The event, which will be held at Shoal Creek Country Club and is free to the public.
From 2005-08, the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate was one of the premier fall men’s golf tournaments in the nation. Nationally recognized golf programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina, North Florida, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, and many others have all played on the famous Shoal Creek Country Club course.
The last time the event was held came in 2008, when Baylor captured the team title with an 880, defeating Ole Miss (882) by two strokes.
The Blazers have never won the tournament, finishing as high as second in the 2007 Shoal Creek Intercollegiate.
This year’s event features some of the top-ranked teams in college golf. Of the 11 teams competing, six finished among the top-45 in the nation last season according to Golfstat.com final 2012 rankings, while nine of the 11 were ranked among the top 70.
The teams among the top 45 include North Florida (10), North Texas (28), LSU (29), UAB (38), Memphis (39) and Kennesaw State (43), while Houston (56), Tulsa (63) and Southeastern Louisiana (65) each finished among the top 70 in the nation. Also in the field is Dartmouth (118) and Southern Miss (122).
Once again, the event will be played on the prestigious Shoal Creek Country Club golf course. The Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course is internationally renowned, and has played host to two PGA and one US Amateur Championships. The course is noted for a design that makes for challenging, yet fair play. And towering Double Oak Mountain offers a backdrop of beauty from any vantage point on the course, especially so when it radiates with color in the fall.
Shoal Creek has served as the host to a number of historical events, including the 1984 PGA Championship, won by Lee Trevino. In 1990, the PGA Championship returned, and this time Wayne Grady was able to stave off runner-up Fred Couples for the win.
Shoal Creek has hosted a number of other important events as well, including the 1986 U.S. Amateur Championship. In 1994, a young golfer named Tiger Woods helped Stanford win Jerry Pate’s National Intercollegiate with a tournament-best individual score of 206.
The club has also hosted such events as the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur and the 2011 and 2012 Regions Tradition – on e of five major events on the Champions Tour.
Having hosted some of the greatest legends ever to play the game, the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate should have no problem returning to one of the most attractive tournaments in the country.
Live scoring will be available on Golfstat.com.