Maroon And White Will Invade The Yellowhammer State
Vestavia Hills, Ala.- Looking to continue one of the hottest starts to a season since 2007, the Mississippi State men's golf team will travel to Alabama on Monday for the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.
The two-day event will tee off from the par 71 6,936-yard course with a 36-hole two-round day one. The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday from the Old Overton Country Club.
"This is our fourth consecutive year to play in 'the Pate' and each year the field is strong," said Bulldog men's golf coach Clay Homan. "It will give us the opportunity to see how we stack up against some of the elite teams in the country."
The SEC will be represented well in the Jerry Pate with four clubs from the conference competing. Florida, Auburn and host-Alabama will join MSU at the Old Overton Country Club; it will be the first time this season the Bulldogs will have squared off against these SEC teams. Alongside the SEC teams fighting for victory on Monday will be out-of-conference teams Clemson, Minnesota, Middle Tennessee State, Samford, South Alabama, UAB, UNLV and West Florida.
MSU has never won as a team in the Jerry Pate, which will be played for the 28th time after Monday. The Maroon and White have however claimed the top spot on the individual side of things, with former Bulldog Steve Pope winning the tourney in 1990.
The most likely Bulldog to repeat what Pope did over 20 years ago will be junior Chad Ramey. The Fulton, Miss., native has a couple of incredible streaks that he will be bringing to the Yellowhammer state this trip. Ramey has placed at least a Top 25 finish in his last 10 events, a feat that stretches all the way back to the Gator Invitational. Top 10 finishes are looking too easy for the junior as well, with four Top 10 posts in a row dating back to last season.
Junior Joe Sakulpolphaisan has been heating up on the course for MSU in his first season with the Bulldogs. The Thailand native has placed three Top 25 finishes in his opening season with State. Included in those finishes is a sixth-place posting at the Bulldogs last event, the David Toms.
Joining the Maroon and White this week will be a trio of Bulldogs fresh off traveling half way around the world to compete in the World Amateurs. The trio of senior Robi Calvesbert, junior Axel Boasson and true freshman Haraldur Magnus will all be on MSU's line-up for the Jerry Pate.
Calvesbert will be looking to build off his last appearance for MSU a 23rd place finish at the Mason Randolph. Boasson also had a phenomenal showing at the Vanderbilt-hosted event, a 17th place finish that was aided by a second-round 67. Magnus will be competing in his first tournament on the Bulldogs' scorecard. The Iceland native competed in the season-opening Sam Hall event as an individual, where he finished 21st overall.
After concluding the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate, the Bulldogs will head to Greensboro, N.C. for the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate. The tournament on Oct. 27-28 will be the final event for the fall season.Fans who want to keep track of State on the golf course can follow the Maroon and White on Twitter @mstateMG and on Facebook at facebook.com/mstateMG