Opelika, Ala. – A year removed from a seven-stroke victory at the Tiger Invitational, Mississippi State heads to the Yellowhammer State on March 10-11 hoping for déjà vu at the Grand National Golf Course.
The Bulldogs turned in a 9-over-par, 889 to run away with the Tiger Invitational crown last season, beating out five other ranked squads on their way to the top.
Joining MSU on Monday will be host-club Auburn, Charleston Southern, Charlotte, Drexel, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Memphis, Samford, South Alabama, St. John’s, Temple, Troy, VCU and Western Carolina.
"We are looking forward to coming back to Auburn to defend our title,” Bulldog head coach Clay Homan said. “We are beginning the home stretch of the season, so it’s a big week for us to move in the right direction and position ourselves for postseason. Last year, we really started to hit our stride about this time, so we know what we have to do.”
After the Tiger Invitational, Homan’s squad went on to win two more tournaments as MSU closed out the regular season with a 35-1 record.
One Bulldog who will relish a return to Grand National will be defending tournament-medalist champion Chad Ramey. The 3-under-par 213 from Ramey not only won him the Tiger crown, but also an SEC Player of the Week honor.
Joining Ramey in Opelika will be seniors Joe Sakulpolphaisan and Barrett Edens, as well as sophomore Ben Wood and freshman Jackson Dick. Freshman Ben Follett-Smith will also be making the trip, competing as an individual.
Sakulpolphaisan claimed his fourth Top 25 of the season last time out, after a tie for 21st at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship. The Thailand native sank his seventh eagle of the season in Houston, tying him for the most in the NCAA.
Edens, Wood and Follett-Smith will all be making their first spring appearance in Opelika.
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