Some of the best collegiate golf in the nation is going on just up the road.
The 33rd Annual Schenkel Invitational began Friday as the Georgia Southern golf team hosts 13 other schools at Forest Heights Country Club. Play runs through this afternoon.
“This is always a fun event,” GSU head coach Larry Mays said. “We always look forward to the Schenkel. It’s a privilege to be able to put on such a great tournament.”
With a great venue and a history spanning more than three decades, the Schenkel has become quite a draw for the top teams in the country. Defending champion and current No. 2 in the nation Auburn tops the 2012 field, while Alabama (No. 3), North Florida (No. 15) and Florida (No. 23) are all in the national poll.
Rounding out the field are Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Notre Dame, South Carolina, UAB, Vanderbilt and Virginia.
Such prestigious programs in regular attendance also makes for an impressive list of tournament alumni.
Successful PGA pros such as Bubba Watson, Camilo Villegas, Lucas Glover, and Georgia Southern’s Jodie Mudd have competed in the Schenkel over the years.
“It’s awesome to be able to compete in a tournament with this kind of history,” GSU freshman Scott Wolfes said. “We face a lot of quality competition, but it will be even better getting to play against them on our home course.”
There’s no charge to attend.