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CHARLESTON, SC September 21, 2013 – The Eighth Annual Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic is up next on the fall slate for the College of Charleston men’s golf team on Sept. 23-24 at the Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.
Not only is golf on the agenda, but a unique experience for the Cougars as they visit Notre Dame Stadium for a Saturday pigskin matchup between the Fighting Irish and Michigan State, prior to Sunday’s practice round.
This year’s tournament field includes host Notre Dame, Davidson, Eastern Michigan, Georgetown, Georgia Southern, Houston, Michigan State, Southern Mississippi, UT Arlington, West Florida, Xavier and Yale. The par-71 course will be set-up for tournament play at 7,023 yards.
Senior Alex Ellis (Austin, Texas) was the lone member in the tournament lineup who participated in the team’s last appearance at the Gridiron Classic in 2010. He tied for 35th (+13) and was the second-best finisher on the squad as a freshman. CofC placed 11th overall as a team.
This time around, Ellis will be joined by freshman William Rainey (Charlotte, N.C.), sophomore John Jonas (Jacksonville, Fla.), senior Tim Mitchell (Austin, Texas) and freshman Ryan Carpenter (Aiken, S.C.). Rainey was in the running for Colonial Athletic Association Golfer of the Week firing a 2-under 140 for a tied for fifth-place finish at the Navy Fall Classic on Sept. 8. Meanwhile, Jonas, a transfer from LSU, and Carpenter, both tied for ninth with a 2-under 219 at the SpringHill Suites Intercollegiate on Sept. 10.
“We are very excited to get our guys back into competition,” CofC Head Coach Mark McEntire said. “We are looking forward to traveling to South Bend and participating in Notre Dame’s home event. Our guys are also looking forward to going to the football game on Saturday – a unique and special opportunity that not a lot of people in the country get to do.
“As far as golf, all five of our guys in the tournament lineup have had a top-12 finish. All of them are doing a great job of working on their weaknesses and making improvements in their game from the Navy Fall Classic. It should be a good week of golf for us. We have a lot of youth on the team and are excited about what the future holds for our program.”
Michigan State is the defending champion. The two-day, 54-hole tournament kicks off with 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. The first round will begin with a shot-gun start at 9 a.m. (ET). Live scoring from the tournament will be available at: www.Golfstat.com.