Fifth Annual Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational
The defending tournament champion Kennesaw State University Owls will lead the pack this year at the 2012 Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational men's golf tournament. The tournament will be held on October 1-2 at Haig Point Club on Daufuskie Island, S.C. The event will have 36 holes of play on Monday (Oct. 1) and 18 holes on Tuesday (Oct. 2), totaling 54 holes by the end of competition.
Kennesaw State is one of the 12 schools invited to the tournament in 2012. Other teams invited to the event include host school the University of South Carolina, Winthrop University, Francis Marion University, Liberty University, Presbyterian College, East Carolina University, Tennessee Tech University, UNC-Charlotte, Charleston Southern University, UNC-Wilmington and Iowa State Kennesaw State has won the last two Rees Jones tournaments and the University of South Carolina finished second last year.
Kennesaw State Head coach Jay Moseley reflected on the teams past wins and future hopes: "We are proud to have been able to beat so many quality teams. We are never on anyone's favored list but we use that to our advantage and play with a chip on our shoulder. We know what we can do and this is always our favorite tournament of the year, so we have good vibes coming to Haig Point."
Senior Ben Greene of Duluth, Ga is the top returning finisher for Kennesaw State from a year ago. He took second place overall last year with a total of 219, which put him at 3 over par. Sophomore Sean Kelly of Staten Island, N.Y., is the top returner for South Carolina from last year and finished third overall with a 220.
Jason Cherry, director of golf at Haig Point talked about the event and residents of Haig Point, "This event gives people in the Hilton Head area a chance to see some of the best college golfers in the country. It is wonderful to see how the tournament has grown and how challenging the course can be for these great golfers."
Haig Point's golf course debuted at 28th in the country by Golf Digest and 68th in the world by Golf Magazine when it was completed in 1986. It has since been re-modeled by the original architect Rees Jones, whom the tournament is named after.