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Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational set for this weekend

Eagles finish 10th at Hackler Invitational

    After a 10th-place finish at the Hackler Invitational Monday, the Georgia Southern golf team will have little time to rest as it prepares for the 28th annual Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational Saturday and Sunday at Forest Height Country Club.                Georgia Southern will host 17 other schools, including three of the nation’s top five teams, seven ranked in the top 25 and 11 in the top 50, according to the latest GolfWeek polls.
    The field of 18 schools includes: No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, defending champion and No. 14 North Carolina, No. 15 Tennessee, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 21 Minnesota, Arizona, Auburn, Michigan State, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Louisiana State, Augusta State, Ohio State and host Georgia Southern.
    The activities begin Friday morning with a practice round that begins at 8:30. Thirty-six holes will be played Saturday with a first round shotgun start at 8 a.m. The second round will begin approximately at 1 p.m. later that day. Sunday’s final 18 holes will begin with an 8 a.m. tee time.
    The weekend’s activities will conclude with an awards ceremony beginning at approximately 3 p.m.
    Fans can follow the action live on-line and check up-to-date results at www.GolfStat.com.
    Georgia Southern’s 3-over 288 in the third and final round of the Hackler Invitational helped lift the Eagles to a 10th place finish Monday at the par-72, 6,950-yard TPC of Myrtle Beach hosted by Coastal Carolina.
    After completing the tournament’s first two rounds Sunday afternoon, the Eagles jumped up six places to finish the competition with a 299-294-291=884 (+20) performance.
    Senior Bryan Jones was the Eagles top performer, shooting a 75-69-73=217 (+1) and finishing tied in 23rd place.
    No. 11 Lamar University coasted to a first-place finish, carding a 275-278-285=838 (-26), 10 strokes better than runner-up and host Coastal Carolina.
    East Tennessee State’s Rhys Davies edged Lamar’s Dawie Van Der Walt by one stroke, recording a 70-65-71=206 (-10) for the individual title.
    “We played really well starting out each round and held on strong at the end,” said GSU coach Larry Mays.
    “The play was a bit tougher today, but they hung in there, and hopefully we can take the positives from today heading into the weekend’s tournament.”

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