March 8, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army golf team will spend spring break in a warm climate but will be quite busy.
Including practice rounds, 153 holes await the Black Knights as they head west for a pair of tournaments.
Army will play its first two tournaments of the spring season next week, one in California and the other in Arizona.
The Black Knights will compete at the Triumph at Pauma Valley, Calif., March 12 and 13 and then travel to Omni Tucson National for the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz.
“We’re looking forward to getting out there,” said second-year Army head coach Brian Watts. “This is an opportunity for a lot of golf and a lot of practice. I’m sure some of guys haven’t played this much golf in a week but it should be a great trip.”
Watts and the entire team will depart this weekend and then use practice rounds at Pauma Valley Country Club to determine the lineup.
The University of San Francisco will serve as host for the Triumph at Pauma Valley, a par-71 course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr., which will play to 7,077 yards.
In addition to Army and USF, Austin Peay, British Columbia, Central Arkansas, Columbia, Hartford, Longwood, Manitoba, Portland and Weber State will participate in the 12-team field. USF will field two teams.
The Triumph at Pauma Valley will feature 36 holes on Monday and an 18-hole final round on Tuesday.
Army will then return to Arizona and Omni National, site of last year’s NCAA Regional where the Black Knights finished 12th.
The University of Arizona will host the 12-team event with 36 holes on Thursday and 18 on Friday at the par-72, 7,094-yard layout. In addition to Army and Arizona, the tournament includes BYU, Hawaii, Memphis, Northern Colorado, Northern Iowa, San Diego State, SMU, UNLV, UTEP and Wyoming.
Seniors William Park and Ethan Johnson, juniors David Marx, Eric Park and Matt Philie, sophomores Anthony Kim and Brandon Baerwaldt and freshman Robby Hill are making the trek for spring break.
William Park tied for fourth when Army lost a match at Florida Atlantic two weeks ago with a 77 while Kim and Hill tied for 10th with 81s.
“Not knowing our lineup due to injuries and illnesses, this will be a week for guys who are not normally in the lineup to gain some experience and I am looking forward to seeing who steps up.”
Army won the Patriot League Tournament a year ago and was assigned to the Tucson, Ariz., NCAA Regional. The Black Knights placed 12th of 13 teams at the regional. William Park tied for 34th, Kim tied for 55th, Philie was in a tie for 67th and Johnson placed in a tie for 71st at the par-71, 7,199-yard course.
The Black Knights expect to return and have the West Point Golf Club open before playing at the Rutherford Intercollegiate April 7 and 8 in State College, Pa.