By Mike Lehman, TTU Sports Information Coordinator
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – With over 150 rounds of experience
returning for the 2014-15 season, the Tennessee Tech men's golf
team has plenty to be excited about for the upcoming year,
especially after looking at the fall schedule
recently released by head coach Polk Brown.
"We're bringing back the same core group from last year along
with a few new faces," Brown said. "I'm truly looking forward to
seeing what kind of work they've put in over the summer and I
believe they are going to do some good things this fall. I can't
wait to get started."
Three out of the five events on Tech's slate for the fall season
are repeats from last year, giving the Golden Eagles an excellent
background with the competition as well as the courses on which
they will compete. Tech also has familiarity with a fourth
tournament, having participated in the event two years ago.
The Golden Eagles will kick off the 2014-15 season with a return
trip to Hattiesburg, Miss. for the Sam Hall Intercollegiate.
Scheduled to begin on Monday, Sept. 8 and run through Tuesday Sept.
9, Tech will look to build early momentum at a venue that played
favorably for the team last season at the event hosted by Southern
Miss. Located at the Hattiesburg Country Club, the Golden Eagles
fought to a fifth place finish in the fairly large, 15-team
"I am really looking to forward to the men's schedule this
fall," Brown said. "We had a lot of success at Southern Miss. last
season and I'm excited to be headed back to their event to kick off
Second on the docket for the Tech squad is another repeat from
last year's successful slate, a trip to the Cincinnati-hosted
Bearcat Invitational on Oct. 6-7. After working to a fourth place
finish in the event last season, Tech will look to once again
compete for the top spot among a deep field at the Traditions Golf
Club in Hebron, Ky.
"We played very well in Cincinnati's event last year," Brown
explained, "so returning to their tournament will offer us another
good opportunity to win at a venue we have experience at. I believe
we have a great chance to repeat and build off of our performance
last year and carry that into the remainder of the fall."
Tech's third event of the fall pits the Golden Eagles in Western
Kentucky's WKU Kenny Perry Invitational, a tournament running from
Oct. 13-14 in Bowling Green, Ky. The trip marks the first time
since the 2012-13 season that Tech will play at The Club at Olde
"I'm excited to be heading back to Western Kentucky's event,"
Brown added. "We played there two years ago and it is an event I
know we can post some low scores and compete at."
Next on the fall schedule for the Golden Eagles is the always
familiar APSU F&M Bank Intercollegiate, a sixth place finish
last season for men's squad. Set for Oct. 20-21, Tech will head to
the Links of Novadell in Hopkinsville, Ky. for the event hosted by
Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay.
"It's always good to compete in Austin Peay's event," Brown
said. "We like having the opportunity to see some of our conference
opponents early, especially a team as consistently good as Austin
Peay. They host an excellent tournament, year-in and year-out, and
I'm looking forward to going back to Hopkinsville."
Wrapping up the fall schedule is a three-day event hosted by
in-state rival Middle Tennessee. Tech will head to College Grove,
Tenn. from Oct. 26-28 for The Grove Intercollegiate located at The
"For the first time since I've been here we are going to a
tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee," Brown said. "Any time we
can play with a former OVC opponent such as them, especially
considering the historical rivalry, it just brings out another
competitiveness that I enjoy and I know our guys enjoy."