Cullowhee, NC – Western Carolina men’s golf heads west this week for the Redhawk Invitational, hosted by Seattle University at the par-71, 7,068-yard Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Park, Wash. The 54-hole tournament will be contested over two days, April 4-5, with 36 holes of continuous play on Monday followed by the final 18 on Tuesday.
Live scoring of each round of the event will be available online through BirdieFire with a link at CatamountSports.com.
In addition to the Catamounts and the host Redhawks, the 23-team field includes Golfers from Abilene Christian, Boise State, Boston College, Cal Baptist, CSUN, Cleveland State, Delaware, George Washington, Idaho, Lamar, La Salle, Loyola Chicago, Oregon State, Sacramento State, Seton Hall, UC San Diego, UT Arlington, UTRGV, Univ. Of the Pacific, UTEP, and Wichita State. The University of Washington is also sending individuals to round out the tournament field.
Ranked 151st in the latest men’s GolfStat rankings, WCU is 12th out of the 23-team field that includes a pair of Top 100 teams in No. 50 Oregon State and No. 62 Boise State. Boise State has two Golfers ranked among the top 125 including Hugo Townsend at No. 72, while Oregon State junior Carson Barry is No. 215. Washington, which is sending individual competitors, boasts the nation’s No. 5 ranking Entering the week including the NCAA’s top-rated golfer in senior RJ Manke.
Skirting the Shores of Puget Sound with picturesque views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains providing the backdrop, the Chambers Bay Golf Course Hosted the 2010 US Amateur, the 2015 US Open Championship, and the 2021 US Amateur Four-Ball Championship. The public golf course will also host the 122nd U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on August 8-14, 2022.
“This week’s event is going to be a special one for a lot of reasons. Not only are we getting to head out west, and showcase our team against programs we don’t usually see at an iconic venue in Chambers Bay, but we are on the final stretch of events to prep us for the 2022 Southern Conference Championship, “received the WCU Head Coach Tim Eckberg. “To this point this spring, we’ve been a bit handcuffed with courses that didn’t quite set up well for this team – and the weather that has simply kicked us in the face. However, this course, and the remainder on our schedule “I feel all playing into our hands.”
Western Carolina’s scoring five will again be led by freshman Jake Peacock who leads the Catamounts in scoring average through 27 rounds this season. A product of Milton, Ga., Peacock is the highest-ranked true freshman in the Southern Conference men’s golf rankings with a stroke average of 72.07 with four, Top 10 individual performances.
Peacock is flanked by sophomore Presten Richardson, who has posted the squad’s best scoring average this spring at 74.00. The Miller, Mo., native carded his career-best with a runner-up finish at the spring-opening Advance Golf Partners Collegiate.
WCU’s side includes a trio of upperclassmen in junior Magnus Pedersen at No. 3 and Seniors Louis Theys and Tumi Kúld.
Eckberg added, “I’m excited to see what the guys can do on this big property this week. We aren’t going there just for the experience. We expect to get ourselves into contention and try to bring some hardware home with us. “
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