Baton Rouge, La. - After capturing two consecutive Top 5 finishes, the Mississippi State men's golf team looks to continue its hot streak this weekend at the fourth-annual David Toms Invitational, hosted by the Tigers of LSU.
The two-day, three-round event at the par-72 University Club will begin with an 8 a.m. shotgun Saturday, followed by an 8:30 a.m. shotgun on Sunday.
"We look forward to getting back to competing this week with some guys that are playing their first event of the year," head coach Clay Homan said. "With three of our players competing at the World Amateur Team Championship, it gives some other guys the opportunity to step up and help us continue what we have started."
Coming into this weekend's tournament, Homan's squad has posted a Top 5 finish in its first two outings, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since the 2007-2008 campaign. The Bulldogs rattled off six-consecutive Top 5 finishes that year on the way to a NCAA Championship berth.
One player who will be vital to how many Top 5 showings MSU will garner this season is junior Chad Ramey. The Fulton, Miss., native has a streak of his own, with nine consecutive Top 25 finishes.
Junior Joe Sakulpolphaisan has found his swing for the Maroon and White in his first season with MSU. The Thailand native has captured two Top 25 finishes this season for the Bulldogs.
After being named MSU's "Student Athlete of the Week" with a 3.96 GPA, Tyler Smith will make his season-debut for the Bulldogs in Baton Rouge. Last season Smith played in five events, including a solid finish at the David Toms.
True-freshman Ben Wood will also be making his career debut. To go along with Wood, the Bulldogs will be looking to Barrett Edens to provide a hot club. Edens opened the 2012-13 season at the Sam Hall intercollegiate where he posted a 4-over-par 29th place card.
Three Bulldogs will not even be on the same continent as their teammates when Homan's squad tees off from the University Club. Senior Robi Calvesbert, junior Axel Boasson and freshman Haraldur Magnus will represent their respective countries in the 2012 World Amateur Team Championship at the Antalya Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey.
Conducted biannually by the International Golf Federation (IGF), the World Amateur gathers the world's leading amateurs. Each country is represented by a team of three players and the championship is played over 72 holes of stroke play. Started in 1960, this will be the 28th men's championship.
After players return from Baton Rouge and Turkey, the Bulldogs will shift focus to Birmingham, Ala., where the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate will be hosted by Alabama on Oct. 15-16.
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