Golden Eagles one of four past champs at Great Smokies Intercollegiate
Sep 16, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, Tenn. -- One of four past champions in the field, and
one of only two schools to win multiple titles at the event, the
Tennessee Tech women's golf team will tee off Monday morning
looking for another first place finish in the 16-team Great Smokies
Intercollegiate at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort.
The Tech women captured the crown in the first two years of the
event, topping the field in 1999 and 2000. Since then, six other
schools have won the championship, including seven by host Western
Carolina. In addition to Tech and the Catamounts, previous one-time
winners in this year's tournament include Eastern Kentucky and
Elon. The closest the Golden Eagles have come to adding a third win
was a third place finish in 2008.
This year's gathering of 16 teams, including two making their first-ever
tournament appearance, will square off vying for both team and
individual titles at the 14th-annual Great Smokies Intercollegiate.
All told, 84 women's golfers are slated to vie for the tournament
The two-round event will again be held at the par 72, 5,932-yard
Waynesville Inn – Golf Resort and Spa. The 36-hole tournament
will begin with a shotgun start at 9 am on Monday, with the final
round also teeing off with a shotgun start at 9 am on Tuesday.
Coach Polk Brown's Golden Eagle squad is paired up with OVC rival
Morehead State along with Presbyterian on the first day of play on
the Blue Ridge Course.
"We are really excited to be returning to this tournament," Brown
said. "Our returning players have been pn the course in the past
and know first-hand what a beautiful course it is, and our frehmen
have heard them talk about. They're excited to see the course and
test their games on it. The tournament always features a
competitive field and we're looking forward to getting
The Waynesville Inn - Golf Resort and Spa was established in 1926,
nestled on the hills and valleys of Western North Carolina. The
27-hole course sits on a former dairy farm and features rolling
fairways ending in bent grass greens. The course was designed by
renowned golf course designer, Donald Ross, who also designed
Pinehurst #2 which hosted the 2005 U.S. Open. Golf Digest gave the
Waynesville Inn – Golf Resort and Spa a four-star rating.
Teams will once again play the Carolina and Blue Ridge courses.
The Carolina course will play 2,979 yards while Blue Ridge, which
features three par-3 and three par 5 holes, measures out to 2,953
yards to make up the 5,932-yard course.
Full recaps and results will be made available online at
www.TTUsSports.com at the conclusion of both rounds Monday and
ADDITIONAL GREAT SMOKIES INTERCOLLEGIATE NOTES: * A total of 64 different teams have participated in the
event all-time … the 2012 tournament features 16 teams from
six different states (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina,
South Carolina and Tennessee) including two – Sandhills CC
and USC Beaufort – making their first-ever tournament
* Four of the six all-time tournament team champions will be in
competition: Eastern Kentucky (2011), Elon (2001), Tennessee Tech
(1999, 2000) and Western Carolina (2002, '03, '04, '05, '06, '08,
* Defending individual medalist – Western Carolina's Sofie
Kvarnstrom – returns to the field in 2012 ... She is the only
previous GSI winner in the 86 golfer field … Her two-day
total of 135 is the second-best in tournament history, just one
stroke behind Ashley Hovda from WCU who shot 134 en route to
medalist honors in 2005;
* Three of the top four best team rounds have been turned in the
past two seasons … Gardner-Webb posted a tournament
record-low round of 282 over the final 18 holes of last fall's
event … Eastern Kentucky matched the team 36-hole record of
576 originally set by WCU in 2005 … All told, the 2011 event
saw five teams set or match low rounds inside the all-time top 12
in tournament history;