For the first time in 35 years, the Seattle University men’s golf program will host an intercollegiate tournament, as 18 squads will compete in the Redhawk Invitational April 6-8, 2014, at Chambers Bay Golf Club in University Place, Wash.
The 18 five-man squads will play a practice round Sunday, April 6, before starting the competition with 36 holes Monday, April 7. The tournament will conclude with one final 18-hole round Tuesday, April 8. It is believed to be the first time Seattle U will host an intercollegiate golf tournament since holding an annual event at Sahalee Country Club in the 1970s.
Half of the field finished the 2012-13 season in the top 100 of the Golfstat rankings, led by sixth-ranked Washington and seventh-ranked UCLA. Fellow Pac-12 schools Arizona State (#28), Oregon State (#53), and Arizona (#68) have committed to the tournament, as have other top-100 programs North Carolina State (#50), San Diego (#76), Denver (#99), and Long Beach State (#100). The host Redhawks will also compete against Boise State, Cal State Northridge, Nevada, Northern Colorado, Northern Illinois, Pepperdine, Seton Hall, and St. John’s.
Chambers Bay, the newest golf course in the Pacific Northwest, is a links-style course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The par-72 layout hosted the 2010 United States Amateur Championships and will welcome the best players in the world for the 2015 United States Open. Seattle U hopes to continue hosting an intercollegiate tournament at Chambers Bay in the foreseeable future, including in 2015 as the course is being prepared for the U.S. Open.
“When I took the job at Seattle University, I quickly envisioned our program hosting an event. I knew it would be a great way to gain exposure and at the same time allow us the opportunity to provide a service to other teams looking for championship events,” Seattle U head golf coach Marc Chandonnet said. “The inaugural SU Redhawk Invitational is shaping up to be everything we dreamed it would be. We have many of the best teams in the country committed and a world class facility in Chambers Bay, the host course for the 2015 United States Open. I want to thank everyone for the wonderful support and we hope to see you out at the event cheering on the teams!”
Live scoring will be provided for the tournament through Seattle U’s official athletics website (www.GoSeattleU.com) and the Golfstat website (www.golfstatresults.com). Anyone looking to volunteer their time during the tournament can contact Chandonnet at email@example.com.
The Seattle University men’s golf team will compete as a member of the Western Athletic Conference for the second straight year in 2013-14, with the 2014 WAC Men’s Golf Championships scheduled to take place May 2-4, 2014, at Stallion Mountain Golf Club in Las Vegas, Nev.