March 25, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - For the second consecutive season, the University of Arizona men's golf team will host the 2003 National Invitational Tournament, March 30-April 1 at Tucson National Golf Course.
This elite 14-team tournament will be contested at Tucson National Golf Course on the Orange and Gold nines, a par 72, 7,138-yard layout. That is the same set up the course uses for its PGA Tour stop, the Chrysler Classic of Tucson. The National Invitational Tournament features nine teams nationally ranked in the current Precept/Golf Coaches Association of America Top 25 and eight 2002 NCAA Championship participants.
Including host Arizona (6), the following teams are scheduled to compete (GCAA ranking): Alabama, Arizona State, Houston, Kent State, Minnesota (11), New Mexico (16), Northwestern (19), Texas (8), Texas Christian (3), Tulsa, UNLV (7), USC (25) and Washington (21). From those teams, seven players recently named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List, which is given to the outstanding male college golfer, are scheduled to compete.
The 54-hole event features 18 holes each day beginning Sunday. Threesomes will start from the first tee only and begin play at approximately 8 a.m. MST.
Live tournament scoring throughout the event will be available at www.golfstat.com.
2003 National Invitational Tournament
Dates: March 30-April 1, 2003
Course: Tucson National Golf Course
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
Teams Scheduled to Participate: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Houston, Kent State, Minnesota, New Mexico, Northwestern, Texas, Texas Christian, Tulsa, UNLV, USC and Washington
Format: 54 holes (18 each day)
2002 Team Champion: Texas (278-290-291=859/-5)
2002 Individual Champion: Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State (62-73-69=204/-12)