Navy Travels to West Point for Patriot League Men's Golf Championship
April 25, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The six-time Patriot League Championship-winning Navy men's golf team will travel to West Point, N.Y. this weekend where it will begin its quest to claim the 2014 Patriot League Men's Golf Championship. Navy was picked to finish third according to the preseason poll behind the host Army Black Knights and league newcomer Loyola.
The par-70 West Point Golf Course will serve as the backdrop for the two-day, 54-hole Patriot League Championship which is set to begin on Saturday with 36 holes of play beginning at 8:30 am, followed by the final round on Sunday at 8:00 am. Each team will field six players, with the top four scores in each round counted for the team score. The winner of the event receives an automatic bid to one of the six NCAA Regionals, held May 15-17.
The individual medalist earns the Patriot League Most Outstanding Player award, while the highest-finishing freshman is named the Rookie of the Year. A 10-member All-Patriot League Team is also determined by championship finish, with the top five on the first team and the next five as second-team recipients.
The West Point Golf Course is playing host to the Patriot League Men's Golf Championship for the fourth time (1992, `97, `02, `09). Navy has played exceptionally well in all four tournaments played at West Point, but have come up just short. The Mids placed third in 1992, second in 2002 and `09 and tied Lehigh for the title in 1997 but lost the title to the Mountain Hawks based on the fifth score.
"The team is really excited about competing for the Patriot League Championship this weekend," said Navy head coach Pat Owen, who has been named the Patriot League Coach of the Year eight times. "Our team has definitely worked hard in preparing for the challenges it will face at West Point. The course is a mountain style layout which has numerous hills and generally fast, sloping greens. I would categorize it as a strategy course. You can't overpower it, you have to think your way through it."
The Midshipmen have claimed the tournament title six times since 1998, including back-to-back-to-back titles in 1998 (fall), 2000 and 2001. In addition, seven different Midshipmen have won the individual title, including Navy senior Chris House (Raleigh, N.C.) whose 20-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole of the tournament secured medalist honors for the first time All-Patriot League golfer.
Four of the six players who guided Navy to a second-place finish at the 2013 Patriot League Championship crown will again represent the Mids in this year's tournament, including three All-Patriot League performers. House has competed in eight of the nine tournaments this season and owns a 77.00 stroke average.
Meanwhile, two-time All-Patriot League selection August Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.) paces the team with a 74.35 stroke average among the nine tournaments in which he has competed. He has two top-10 performances this season and is looking to build off of his sixth-place effort at last year's conference championship.
Senior Drew Selby (Charlotte, N.C.) is coming off his best performance of the season, an eighth-place showing at the Navy Spring Invitational. He owns a 76.04 stroke average and joins Jonas as one of only two players to play in every tournament for the Midshipmen this season. Selby garnered all-league honors a year ago with a ninth-place effort.
Also competing for the Midshipmen this weekend are senior Bobby Keating (Garden City, N.Y.) (75.14, 7 rounds), junior Bryce Keene (Bakersfield, Calif.) (78.17, 18 rounds) and freshman Devin Terry (La Crosse, Wis.) (75.42, 12 rounds).
For tee times, spectator rules, information on each team, directions to to the West Point Golf Course and more, visit the Patriot League Golf Championship page at http://www.patriotleague.org/ot/championships/m-golf-14-champs.html
Meanwhile, Army will also be providing live scoring at http://www.golfstatresults.com/public/indexh.cfm?tournament_id=5435
### Go Navy ###