Menís Golf Looks To Continue Early Success At Collegiate Challenge Cup

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Starkville, Miss. – Fresh off the lowest tournament score in 30 years, the Mississippi State men’s golf team heads to Nashville Friday for the inaugural Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup.

The three-day event, played at the par-71, 7,184-yard Golf Club of Tennessee, will pit top squads from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference against each other in 54 holes of stroke play Friday and Saturday.

Following the opening three rounds, each team will be ranked by finish and compete in 18 holes of match play in an ACC/SEC Challenge. 

The event will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on ESPNU Sun., Oct. 13.

"To be chosen to play in the inaugural Dick's Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup and represent the SEC is quite a privilege for our team,” Coach Clay Homan said. “We look forward to the opportunity to compete against some of the best from both the ACC and SEC.  This tournament will be broadcast on ESPNU and will bring great exposure for our golf program and Mississippi State University."

In addition to Mississippi State, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt will represent the SEC. Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Virginia and Wake Forrest will comprise the ACC contingent.

Homan’s squad went 8-3-1 last year against teams featured in this weekend’s tournament.

The Bulldogs will have a wealth of experience at the Golf Club of Tennessee this weekend, with seniors Chad Ramey, Joe Sakulpolphaisan, Axel Boasson and Barrett Edens comprising the lineup along with junior college transfer TJ Morgan.

Sakulpolphaisan will be looking to build on a stellar start to the season that saw him win the Sam Hall Intercollegiate with a 14-under-par 199, the lowest individual score in 13 years and one stroke shy of the school record.

State will tee off in the Friday’s final group, taking the course at 8:55 a.m. alongside ACC foes Clemson and Wake Forest.

Earlier this week MSU earned its highest ranking in school-history, as the Bulldogs claimed the 13th spot in the poll. Only Georgia ranks higher than MSU among SEC squads.

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