April 16, 2012

Golden Eagle golfers play at TSU's Big Blue Intercollegiate

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech men's golf team is in Old Hickory, Tenn., early this week to compete in the 5th annual Big Blue Intercollegiate, hosted by Tennessee State University. The 10-team tourney will be held Monday and Tuesday at the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tenn.

The General's Retreat Course at Hermitage Golf Club is an 18-hole Gary Roger Baird design with six sets of tees that can stretch the course from 3,315 yards to 6,773 yards. Par is 72, with the front and back nines each at par 36. Yet it still features four par fives with each nine consisting of a balance of two par 3s, five par 4s, and two par 5s.

The General's Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, hosted the LPGA Sara Lee Classic from 1988 to 1999. The General's Retreat has been voted the "Best Golf Course in Nashville."

The challenging 10-team field includes six squads from the Ohio Valley Conference. Joining the host TSU Tigers are conference rivals, UT Martin, Morehead State, Tennessee Tech, Eastern Illinois and last year's tourney winner, Murray State.

Other teams slated to compete are Southern Illinois, Trevecca, IPFW and North Dakota.

Following the Big Blue Intercollegiate, Tech will prepare for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship that will take place April 26-28 at Greystone Golf Course in Dickson, Tenn.