Blue Raiders head to the islands to complete fall season

Golfers leave for Hawaii Thursday

October 30, 2013 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - The Middle Tennessee men's golf team will conclude the 2013 fall season with a trip to the islands for the second annual Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational . The tournament is set for Nov. 4-6 at the Makai Golf Club at Princeville and will be hosted by the University of Hawaii.

The three-day tournament will include 18 holes of golf each day for the 18 team field, beginning at 7:30 a.m. local time on November 4 and 5, and an 8:00 a.m. shotgun start on November 6. Practice rounds will take place on Sunday, November 3.

The Blue Raiders will take juniors Brett Patterson, Payne Denman, and Andrew Cho, along with senior Jordan Jennings and sophomore Drake Duncan. The team will fly out Thursday morning and arrive in Honolulu where they will stay for two nights before heading to Kaui. While in Honolulu the team will play the Ko Olina Golf Club.

"We try to play in an event every 4-5 years that adds significant value to our student athletes experience at Middle Tennessee," said Head Coach Whit Turnbow. "This is one of those events and a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of these guys. But make no mistake about it; this is a business trip against a good field and an opportunity to move closer to where we want to be."

The magnificent 18-hole Makai Golf Course, a Robert Trent Jones Jr. design, plays at 7,223 yards from the black tees, incorporating serene lakes and stunning ocean coastline. The Makai Course underwent a comprehensive 14-month renovation, reopening in early 2010 to rave reviews for its immaculate condition and playability.

The course, perched on a bluff overlooking Hanalei Bay, is extraordinarily beautiful and was named one of the Top 5 Great Golf Settings in the U.S. by National Geographic Traveler. The Makai is currently ranked by Golf Digest as one of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses" and by GOLF Magazine and Golfweek as one of the top 5 public golf courses in Hawaii. The Makai Golf Club is managed by Troon Golf.

Participating teams are:
Arizona State University
Baylor University
Boise State University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cal State Fullerton
East Tennessee State University
University of Hawaii at Manoa
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Idaho
University of Louisville
Middle Tennessee
University of Mississippi
Mississippi State University
Pepperdine University
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
UC Santa Barbara
University of Utah

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