Oct. 6, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The UAB men's golf team resumes its fall season with a short trip to Old Overton Country Club for the 2013 Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. The three-round tournament begins on Monday, Oct. 7 and ends on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the par 70, 7,204 yard course.
The Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate field is made up of some of the best teams in the nation. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas, Texas A&M, UAB, and UNLV all received votes in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Poll. Tournament-host Alabama, the defending national champions, is currently the top-ranked team in the country.
"It's a great field," head coach Alan Murray stated. "It's a fantastic tournament, fantastic golf course. We have been fortunate to play in it the past few years. We will see exactly where we are at on a national scale. Hopefully, we can play great and see where that gets us."
UAB is off to a great start to the fall season. The Blazers have finished in the top three as a team in each of its two starts. In addition, four players on the squad have already earned at least one top-10 finish this year.
"We've got good players," said Murray. "They work very hard at it. I was saying to Coach Kaufman, when you've got good players it's no surprise when they play well. That's what they do, that's why they are good players. Anytime we play well, I am never surprised."
The Green and Gold will send out the same lineup it has in the past two tournaments; seniors Sam Love, Wilson McDonald, and Thomas Sutton, junior Paul Dunne, and sophomore Martin Rohwer. McDonald is coming off two consecutive top-10 finishes and is tied with Love for the team-lead in stroke average.
"It started with Wilson last spring," commented Murray. "He had a good spring. He kept improving on his finishes all the time. The guy is a workhorse. He really is. He's got a great attitude. I'd love to see him win a tournament. He is certainly good enough to win a tournament. He's one of the rocks of the team, for sure."
UAB will play two rounds tomorrow at the Old Overton Country Club. Live scoring will be available via Golfstat.com.
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