Blazer Golf Looks Ahead to 2016-17 Schedule

| July 11, 2016
Chris Rogers finished day one tied for fourth place among 88 participants at the Bobcat Invitational (source: VStateBlazers.com)VALDOSTA – Head Coach Jared Purvis and the Valdosta State men’s golf program are pleased to announce the release of the team’s schedule for the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.After wrapping up last year’s season with a promising performance in the Gulf South Conference Tournament, where the Blazers finished fourth out of 11 competing teams, Valdosta State will try to carry over that momentum into the upcoming season. The schedule kicks off on Monday, September 12th for a two-day tournament at the Kiawah Island Invitational. The course is a familiar one for Coach Purvis and his squad, considering that the upcoming season opener for the program marks the third straight year that the Blazers will have opened up in Kiawah Island, Fla.

“We always have one of the toughest schedules at the Division II level,” said Purvis. “Big tournaments for us this year include the Bobcat Invitational in March at Cuscowilla in Eatonton, Ga., which features a great golf course. Another big one for us is the Guy Harvey Invitational at Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, which is where the PGA hosts the Honda Classic, and the UIS Island Getaway Tournament in Puerto Rico will be a great way to wind down the fall season.”

The Blazers’ feature event will take place on their home course in Valdosta, Ga., when Valdosta State and Kinderlou Forest Golf Club will host the annual Southeastern Collegiate, an event that has quickly become one of the premiere tournaments in all of Division II. The tournament is scheduled for March 12-14, 2017.

“The Southeastern Collegiate represents the only tournament at the DII level which is spread out over three days,” added Purvis. “Typically, most of the teams that participate are ranked extremely high in the national rankings, and we normally host approximately 15 of the top 25 teams in the country. With the field being made up of teams from the southeast, the event serves as a big preview for the South Regional in May. Each year when I send out the invitations for this tournament, the field is generally set within a couple of hours. The course is always in great shape, and our volunteers and the staff at Kinderlou help us to run the event very smoothly. Any school that has ever been a participant always wants to come back.”

Valdosta State’s results during the 2016-17 season will lean heavily on a group that will aim to build on experience gained during their first years with the program over the course of the last two seasons. A majority of last year’s squad is expected to return, but the loss of three seniors, including NCAA South Regional participant Chris Rogers, will require the emergence of new leadership on the team.

“Our depth continues to improve,” stated Purvis. “Last year our team was primarily composed of freshman and sophomores, especially among those who consistently made up our top five. Everybody has another year under their belt, and although we did lose three seniors last year, we’ve replaced those players with five guys that I feel will be able to step in and give our returners some competition. These guys are going to push each other, which will hopefully improve our tournament results and put us in position to compete as a team in the NCAA Postseason Tournament this year.”

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