Army Faces Columbia On Saturday

Anthony Kim (left) and Brian Watts

Anthony Kim (left) and Brian Watts

WEST POINT, N.Y.  - The Army golf team will have a quick turnaround and play in its second event of the season, Saturday against Columbia at The Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo, N.Y.

Coming off of a ninth-place finish at the 13-team Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate, the Black Knights will face the Lions out of the Ivy League in an event similar to the Ryder Cup at the par-71, 6,607-yard historic layout.

Singles matches will begin with a 9 a.m. shotgun start with four-ball matches scheduled to begin after lunch at The Tuxedo Club, a facility that opened on May 30, 1886.

The format of Saturday's event, similar to the Army vs. Navy match and the NCAA Championships,  allows third-year head coach Brian Watts an opportunity to see how a young team with four freshmen compete in that format. While the competition opposite Columbia is one-day, the Army vs. Navy match will be held over two days, Sept. 22 and 23 at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.

Captains Matt Philie and Anthony Kim were Army's top finishers at the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y. when they both tied for 24th at seven-over-par in the 54-hole event. Robby Hill tied for 32nd, Brandon Baerwaldt tied for 55th and Marcus Plunkett was 69th. Brandon Roberts competed as an individual and tied for 68th.

"This is a great opportunity for us to get some experience in this format," said Watts. "It's much different than stroke play and will be a good chance for our guys to compete."

The Army and Columbia match is part of a special Patriot Golf Day at The Tuxedo Club and will benefit Fold of Honor Foundation, with Columbia making a monetary donation.

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