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Men’s Golf on Tap to Play in Star-Studded OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational

Sophomore Thomas Garbee
Sept. 14, 2017

After opening the 2017-18 season a week ago, the Navy men’s golf team continues action on the road when it travels to Olympia Fields, Illinois to take part in the 2017 OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational.  The 54-hole event, which will feature some of the nation’s top-ranked programs, will be played over the course of three days on the 7,353-yard, Par 70 North Course at Olympia Fields Country Club.  Friday’s opening-round tee times begin at 8 a.m., while the second and third rounds will be played Saturday and Sunday, also beginning at 8 a.m.

The Field
The tournament features 13 programs ranked or receiving votes in the Golfweek Bushnell Preseason Coaches Poll.  In addition to the host Illini, who are ranked No. 5, the field will include No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 4 Baylor, No. 6 Texas, No. 8 USC, No. 12 UNLV, No. 14 Stanford, No. 16 Texas A&M, No. 19 Alabama and No. 20 Florida State. Cal, North Carolina and Northwestern also received votes in the poll, while Indiana and Navy round out the field.

Illinois is the defending OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational champion, taking the team title a year ago with a 5-over par 845, 13 strokes better than Oklahoma State.  Cameron Champ, a senior at Texas A&M, is the returning medalist who scored the individual crown with a 5-under par 205.

The Course
The North Course has been ranked continually by Golf Digest as one of America’s “Top 100 Greatest Courses,” and in 2015-16 enjoyed the ranking of No. 66 among all golf courses - both classic and modern - in the United States of America. The North Course was also ranked No. 51 on Golfweek’s 2015 list of “Best Classic Courses.”  The course record is 63, shared by Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh.

Olympia Fields Country Club has been the home to several premier events including the 2015 U.S. Amateur. Olympia Fields has hosted two U.S. Opens, three PGA Championships, five Western Opens and a U.S. Senior Open among other high-level tournaments.

Navy’s Lineup
1. Thomas Fricke (Sr / Haymarket, Va.), 2. Paul Mauer (Jr / Eagleville, Pa.), 3. Griffin Peters (Jr / Fountain Hills, Ariz.), 4. Matthew Starobin (Jr / Davidsonville, Md.), 5. Thomas Garbee (So / Asheville, N.C.).

• The Mids tied for eighth out of 14 teams at the season-opening Doc Gimmler Invitational last weekend, covering the 54-hole tournament with a 33-over par 873.  Navy saved its best round for last, posting a 4-over par 284 in the final round to jump up from 13th to eighth alongside Rhode Island.

• Senior team captain Thomas Fricke led the way for the Mids, placing 17th with a 4-over par 214 (72-71-71).  Juniors Paul Mauer and Griffin Peters shot the low rounds of the tournament for the Mids with Mauer shooting par in the second round and Peters in the final round.

Follow The Action
Fans can follow the Mids throughout the weekend via GolfStat or on NavySports.com

Up Next
The Mids’ next competition is slated for Sept. 30-Oct. 1 when they play host to Army West Point in the annual Star Match.  It marks the first Star competition in this year’s Army-Navy Star Series presented by USAA.

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