April 18, 2013
Navy Spring Golf Invitational History
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy golf team will be back in action this weekend when it plays host to the 34th edition of the Navy Spring Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at the par-71 Naval Academy Golf Club in Annapolis.
Three squads will represent Navy -- Blue, Gold and White -- in the 21-team tournament, along with Bucknell, Colgate, Delaware, Emory, George Washington, Hartfod, Lafayette, Lehigh, LIU-Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary's, Penn, Saint Francis (Pa.), Saint Joseph's, Siena, Towson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons stand 25th in this week's Golf World / Nike Golf Coaches' Poll, while Virginia Tech is receiving votes. Both Virginia and Virginia Tech placed among the top 24 in last year's NCAA Championship.
The tournament also provides a bit of a sneak peek at the Patriot League Golf Championship which will be held next weekend in the Lehigh Valley at the Saucon Valley Country Club. Five of the seven teams competing for the 2013 conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Golf Regionals will be participating in the Navy Spring Invitational, while both Army and Holy Cross are taking this weekend off from competition.
In the 33 years the Navy Spring Invitational has been played, 19 different schools have claimed the team title. There have been 12 different winners in the last 16 years with Navy taking the team title in 2003, `06, `08 and `10 and Johnson & Wales (Fla.) claimed crowns in 2004 and `09 as the lone multiple winners over that stretch. Navy is the lone team among the field who has previously won the Navy Spring Invitational.
A year ago, the Midshipmen put together a gutsy final round performance that saw them jump from 13th place after the opening round to fourth in the final standings. Meanwhile, Penn became the 19th different school to claim the Navy Spring Invitational title after posting a 15-over-par 299 in the second round to jumpr from fourth to first. The Quakers finished the tournament 25-over (593), while George Washington took second with a 29-over par 597 and Columbia held off the Mids in third with a 38-over par 606.
The Midshipmen have participated in a trio of events this spring, opening the second half of the season with an 11th-place finish at the Charleston Shootout with sophomore August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) leading the way with a 3th-place 11-over par 227. Following a Spring Break trip out to California, Navy returned to the competition scene where junior David Hall (Huntersville, N.C.) guided the Mids to a ninth-place finish at the Whiting Turner Towson Invitational on the Eastern Shore. Hall placed 37th with an 18-over par 234. Last weekend, Navy finished ninth at the Princeton Invitational with Jonas pacing the team in 24th with an 11-over par 224.
Heading into the weekend, junior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) stands atop Navys leader board with a 76.40 stroke average among the 15 rounds of action he has seen this season. Jonas is at Selby's heels with a 76.44 stroke average, having played in seven events (18 rds), while junior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.)owns a 77.67 stroke average over 18 rounds.
While the event will get underway at 8:00 am, the Navy white team will tee off at 8:15 am on hole one, followed by Navy gold at 9:00 am and Navy blue at 9:45 am.
### Go Navy ###