Sunday, Oct. 29 – Tuesday, Oct. 31 • 54 Holes • Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational
Princeville, Hawaii • Princeville Makai Golf Club • par 72 • 7,223 yards
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PRINCEVILLE, HI – Sam Houston State packs its bags for the final fall tournament, looking to cap its campaign on a winning note against one of the nation’s toughest fields.
The Bearkats tee off at the 54-hole, Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT (8 a.m. locally) from the par-72, 7,223-yard Princeville Makai Golf Club. The 19-team field features five top-50 teams including No. 9 Wake Forest, No. 23 UCLA and No. 24 Missouri.
The event features 18 holes each day with a shotgun start to begin play. A season ago, Sam Houston fired an 11-under, 853, capturing runner-up while carding the eighth-lowest score in team history at the event. William Holcomb, who qualified as the No. 1 golfer for the Kats this week, finished 33rd a season ago at 3-over, 219.
For the fifth-straight tournament, the starting five includes Holcomb, Jake McCrory (No. 2), Noah Steele (No. 3), Austen Christiansen (No. 4) and Levi Valadez (No. 5). The group has led Sam Houston to four-consecutive top-five finishers to begin the 2017-18 slate.
The Kats step away for the semester break after Tuesday and will not return to competition until Feb. 16-18, 2018, when they open the five-tournament regular season at the All-American Intercollegiate.
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the Warrior Makai Invitational…
“This is a great event for the final tournament of the fall. It has the atmosphere of an NCAA Regional. You have to be at your best to compete. That’s what we want to do. We want to face the best teams in the nation. The work we have done the last five years helped us get an invite. Last year we finished second and the guys played great. We’ve played good this fall. I am proud of the way we’re competing. Our talk will be to keep doing the same routine but also realize this is an opportunity.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on learning from the success in Hawaii a season ago…
“The main thing we got from that is a really good game plan. Last year we were pretty young and unproven. We stuck to our game plan and one that provided success. That’s going to help us with this year. This is a really deep and talented team. Anyone in this top-five can play number one. When you take that level of talent, you give them the same plan and I think good things will happen. If each five can get it under par, I think we will have a chance to win. We’ve talked about the winds and our lines. We will have the same recipe as far as the course.”
Head coach Brandt Kieschnick on the Princeville Warrior Golf Club…
“It’s one of the best courses in Hawaii. The wind is going to blow. We were able to find lines off the tee boxes that didn’t bring trouble into play. We wanted to find the wide areas of the course and were able to do that (last year). We didn’t bring any trouble into play and made birdies on top of that.”