GOLF | Gaels Head to Poppy Hills for SMC Invite
Saint Mary's will host its strongest field in tournament history come Nov. 6-8.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- In the final tournament of the fall season, Saint Mary's golf will head down to Poppy Hills Golf Course to host the 12th Saint Mary's Invitational from Monday to Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.
THOUGHTS WITH HARDY
"Each year the field at the invitational is a little stronger and this year will be our strongest to date. We are proud to host an event that top level collegiate teams have on their schedule."
"This is a great chance to showcase Saint Mary's golf and we take pride in making this a memorable event. Our team would love to finish the fall with a strong performance and be better each week."
"It is always positive before some much needed down time to finish well in the fall season. We have worked hard so far and it would be nice to head to the break on a positive note."
18 teams will be competing in this year's field along with 10 individuals. This year's field is one of the strongest in tournament history, as seven teams advanced to last year's NCAA Regionals.
Stanford (13), Santa Clara (20), Colorado State (21), BYU (25), USC (33), Arizona (46), Saint Mary's (50), San Diego State (51), Nevada (71), San Francisco (72), UC Santa Barbara (92) and Oregon State (99) all rank inside the top-100 of the latest GolfStat relative rankings.
SMC, SCU, USF and BYU headline the competitors from the West Coast Conference. Arizona, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington State and Southern California join the field from the Pac-12.
SDSU also headlines the impressive field as the Aztecs will look to capture the team title for the third consecutive year.
Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, Texas State, Toledo, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and UT Arlington round out the 18-team field.
Followers can follow the action live and get pairing starting Sunday night by clicking HERE via GolfStat.
THE COURSE FORMAT
Played at the prestigious Poppy Hills Golf Course, the course will play a par 71 at 7,002 yards. The yardage increased 134 yards from last year's layout.
18 holes will be played each day with the rounds beginning at 7:30 a.m. off the 10th tee box, and 7:35 a.m. off the first tee.
The Gaels lineup will remain the same as Pavan Sagoo, Blake Hathcoat, Perry Cohen, Ash Hakim and Connor Blick will be competing for the team title.
SMC will also have four individuals fighting for medalist honors. Redshirt sophomore Evan Peterson will compete in his second tournament of the fall, after finishing tied-54th in the competitive Nick Watney Invitational.
Redshirt freshmen Brandon Jacobs, Max Ferrari and Michael Slesinski will all compete in their first SMC Invitational.
POPPY HILLS GOLF COURSE
Nestled in beautiful Pebble Beach, Poppy Hills will host the Saint Mary's invitational for the third consecutive year.
Poppy Hills became the first course to be owned and operated by a golf association in the U.S. when the Northern California Golf Association built it to serve as its headquarters and
tournament home. Opened on June 1, 1986, the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design has since co-hosted the PGA Tour's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am from 1991 through 2009, as well as the Spalding Pebble Beach Invitational (1989, 1990, 1992 and 1993) and 1991 NCAA Championships.
Poppy Hills underwent an extensive renovation beginning in March of 2013 centered around water conservation, primarily by improving irrigation and drainage. Jones returned to Poppy Hills with his Robert Trent Jones II design firm, this time creating a firm, fast and fun course that unfolds seamlessly through the stunning Del Monte Forest.
Jones reinvented the course architecturally, restoring each hole to its natural elevation along the forest floor, softening doglegs and contours, rebuilding all 18 greens with bentgrass, eliminating rough and introducing native waste areas that reduce irrigated turf by nearly 25%.
The new Poppy Hills reopened April 4, 2014 and currently hosts the Champions Tour's Pure Insurance Championship in conjunction with the First Tee Program.
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