March 8, 1999
TALLAHASSEE, FL–The Florida State men’s golf team will be hosting the 7th annual Seminole Classic this Tuesday and Wednesday at the Golden Eagle Country Club. The tournament, part of the Rolex Collegiate Golf Tour, will feature 16 teams from the Southeast and four ACC teams. Generally regarded as one of the most competitive tournaments of the spring season, this year’s Seminole Classic will feature three teams ranked in the top 25 of the lastest Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings.
The highest ranked team this week is the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels enter the Seminole Classic ranked 12th in the Mastercard and No. 20 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Brian Pool of South Alabama is the highest ranked individual with a stroke average of 69.42. He is ranked eighth in the nation.
The participants will have a practice round on Monday morning. The top player from each school will play in a Co-Am in the afternoon. The first and second rounds of the tournament will take place on Tuesday with morning tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. The final round will be on Wednesday morning with tee times also starting at 7:30.
The Seminoles are coming off a 16th place finish at the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship two weeks ago at the Queen’s Harbour Country Club in Jacksonville, FL. Sophomore Mark Donaldson led the Tribe for the third time this fall. Donaldson, a native of Kirkcaldy, Scotland, finished in 20th place with a three-round total of 223.
The University of North Carolina captured the team title last year, defeating Florida State by 12 strokes. The University of North Florida finished in third place, eight strokes back of the Tribe. Ross Bain of UNC also captured the individual championship, beating All-American Tim Clark by two strokes. The top nine finishers from last year’s tournament return to Tallahassee this weekend.
Last year marked the first year that the tournament was held at the Golden Eagle Country Club. The five previous tournaments took place at the Killearn Country Club in Tallahassee.
The complete field includes Central Florida, College of Charleston, Florida A&M, Florida State, Louisiana State, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Carolina State, North Florida, South Alabama, South Carolina, Southeast Louisiana, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest.
The tournament is free and open to the public.