Bulldogs Host Inaugural Old Waverly Collegiate Championship
West Point, Miss.,– After 39 years of waiting, the Mississippi State men’s golf team will finally host a home tournament with the upcoming Old Waverly Collegiate Championship on April 8-9.
The Old Waverly Golf Course, near West Point, Miss., will serve as the backdrop for the MSU-hosted tourney. The No. 28 Bulldogs will be joined at Old Waverly by: Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Rice, No. 48 South Alabama, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Miss and UAB.
“It’s exciting to finally host our first collegiate home tournament on Monday and Tuesday,” Coach Clay Homan said. “Old Waverly will prove to be a great host and I know all the teams will leave with a positive experience. We want to encourage all of our fans to come out and see our team play.”
On Monday, the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Two rounds will be played on the opening day from West Point. Tuesday will conclude with an 8 a.m. final round from the par-72, 7,088 yard course.
Last time out, the Bulldogs dominated the field at the Ole Miss-hosted BancorpSouth Intercollegiate. Homan’s squad won by 15 strokes over second-place Central Arkansas to coast to their third victory of the season, making it the most wins since the 1998-1999 season.
The Bulldogs have also excelled on the individual stage as well, picking up two SEC Player of the Week honors for juniors Chad Ramey and Axel Boasson. MSU has won the title five times in its history; two have come from the last month.
The Old Waverly Collegiate Championship will see seven Bulldogs looking to add more hardware to the 2012-2013 treasure trove. The junior trio of Ramey, Joe Sakulpolphaisan and Boasson will go 1-3 for State at Old Waverly, followed by senior Robi Calvesbert and junior Barrett Edens. Freshman Ben Wood and sophomore Fletcher Johnson will compete as individuals.
After finishing with an eighth-place performance in Madison, Ramey picked up his sixth Top 10 of the season, which is most on the team. The Fulton, Miss., native’s 72.06 stroke average is on pace for the third-lowest in MSU history.
Coming off back-to-back Top 5’s, Thailand native Sakulpolphaisan is on fire. The junior has finished within the Top 25 in nine of the 10 tournaments this season. Sakulpolphaisan is also just behind teammates Boasson and Ramey in stroke average at 72.66, if the average holds it would be the seventh-lowest in school history.
Boasson is also red hot coming into the Old Waverly Collegiate Championship. The Iceland native has posted four-consecutive Top-15 cards, which led to the junior being named last week’s SEC Player of the Week. Boasson boasts the best stroke average on the team at 72.03, which is on pace for third-lowest in the history books.
Rounding out the Maroon and White lineup from Old Waverly will be Calvesbert and Edens. Calvesbert just posted his sixth Top 25 of the season after finishing tied for 19th at the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate. Edens finished tied for 32nd in his fourth event played last week.
Bulldogs Wood and Johnson will be playing at Old Waverly as individuals. Wood has played in two events this season. His best performance as a Bulldog came in the Mobile Bay individual tournament, finishing with a 16th place card. Johnson has played in five tournaments this season.
MSU will tee off at 8:30 in the first group from Old Waverly.
Admission to all rounds is free. Fans can enter Old Waverly Golf Club through the Main Gate on Old Waverly Road and can access the designated parking areas for spectators by following signs.
Live stats will be available through HailState.com. Fans can also follow the men’s golf program through Facebook at facebook.com/mstateMG and on Twitter at @mstateMG.