Friday, October 08, 2004
TUSCALOOSA – Five of the nation’s top ten college golf teams, including No. 1 ranked Oklahoma State and a pair of teams tied for No. 2, Georgia and Georgia Tech, will be among the field of 12 teams competing at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate on Monday, October 11 and Tuesday, October 12 in Birmingham.
The University of Alabama is the host team for the annual event which has become a showcase of future PGA stars, including 1994 JPNI winner Tiger Woods who won the tournament when he was a freshman at Stanford, and Stewart Cink who played in the tournament when he was a golfer at Georgia Tech.
The tournament is held at Old Overton Club in Birmingham. No admission is charged to attend the tournament.
The 2004 field includes No. 1 Oklahoma State, No. 2 Georgia and Georgia Tech, No. 9 Auburn, No. 10 TCU, No. 11 Clemson, No. 12 Southern Cal, No. 21 Wake Forest, as well as two teams receiving Top 25 rankings votes in the Golf Coaches Association of America Coaches’ Poll, Vanderbilt and Augusta State. Alabama and UAB round out the field.
The five golfers who will play for the Crimson Tide will be 2002 U.S. Amateur participant Clint Provost, 2003 U.S. Amateur participant Thomas Hagler, 2002 Georgia state champion Mark Harrell, 2004 Alabama State Four Ball Champion Gator Todd, and Dwight Rogers who finished 10th at the 2000 Future Masters national tournament and 20th at the 2002 Florida State Amateur.
The tournament will include 54 holes of championship play. The first two rounds are Monday followed by the third and final round on Tuesday morning. The first wave of tee times on Monday will be at 7 a.m. CT, with Georgia, Oklahoma State and Southern Cal playing together and starting at Hole No. 1, and Auburn, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech starting at Hole No. 10. The second wave begins at 7:50 a.m. with Alabama, Clemson and TCU teeing off at Hole No. 1 and UAB, Augusta State and Vanderbilt going off at Hole No. 10. The second round should begin around noon with each of the same teams playing together in that same order. On Tuesday the teams in fourth, fifth and sixth place will tee off at Hole No. 1 and teams in 10th, 11th and 12th place at Hole No. 10 at 8 a.m. The top three team leaders tee off at Hole No. 1 at 8:50 a.m., the same time the seventh, eighth and ninth place teams tee off at Hole No. 10.
Oklahoma State is the tournament’s defending team champion, finishing 34 under par and four strokes ahead of Georgia to win the championship last fall. Wake Forest’s Bill Haas was the medalist. He finished 18 under par, just ahead of Alabama’s Lars Brovold who finished second among the field of All-Americans, finishing 13 under par. Both Brovold and Haas were seniors last season and are now playing professional golf.
The tournament is run by and named in honor of former Tide golfer Jerry Pate. An All-American at Alabama, Pate won the 1974 United States Amateur. He played on the PGA Tour, winning majors including the 1976 U.S. Open and is currently playing on the PGA Champions Tour.