October 22, 2010

RAMS HEAD TO GREENSBORO FOR FALL FINALE

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Virginia Commonwealth University Golf Team will compete in its final tournament of the fall season Oct. 23-24 at the UNCG Bridgestone Collegiate.

The Rams will take on a highly-competitive 14-team field at the Forest Oaks Country Club, a nearly 7,200-yard, par 72 course. The prestigious course served as a PGA Tour stop for more than 30 years.

Carved from North Carolina hardwoods by noted architect Ellis Maples, Forest Oaks opened in 1962 to wide acclaim. It was already known as one of the best tests of golf in a state known for great golf tests when it became the home course of the venerable Greater Greensboro Open in 1977.

As the golf course matured, alterations to the course were necessary. In 2002, the job of restoring the course to all its glory was assigned to Davis Love III's Love Design Group.  The course now features Tift Sport Bermuda grass to handle extremes of summer heat and winter wetness better than it had before. The greens are now a mix of A4 and A1 bentgrass to offer a faster and truer surface than the old Penn Links bentgrass. At its absolute longest length, the course can play to more than 7,400 yards.
 
This weekend's tournament features a wealth of ranked players and teams. Seven individuals are in the top 75 according to Golfweek's Sagarin ratings, while Golfstat puts four in the top 75. Both ratings put five teams in the top 50.
 
Individually, Pepperdine's Andrew Putnam is 25th in the current Golfstat rankings. North Carolina's Jack Field is No. 46, while Auburn's Michael Hebert is No. 48 and Blayne Barber is No. 61.
 
Golfstat's team rankings have Auburn in ninth, Michigan 30th, Northwestern at No. 32, Charlotte at No. 36 and Pepperdine at No. 39.
 
Golfweek's Sagarin ratings have Auburn's Niclas Carlsson at No. 11, Pepperdine's Putnam at No. 30, and Auburn's Hebert at No. 41 and Barber at No. 48. Northwestern's David Lipsky is No. 66, while Minnesota's Donald Constable is No. 71 and Pepperdine's Josh Anderson is No. 72.
 
The team rankings from Sagarin have Auburn at No. 8, Pepperdine at No. 29, Michigan 33rd, Northwestern 34th and Charlotte at No. 35.
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