Army Returns To Medal Play In Tennessee

Marcus Plunkett

Marcus Plunkett

Oct. 10, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- The Army golf team will continue its fall season, this weekend at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough, Tenn.

The Black Knights, coming off a convincing 8.5-2.5 victory over service academy rival Navy Sept. 23, will play in their second tournament of 2012.

The Blackthorn Club will play 7,147 yards and to a par of 72. The 54-hole tournament features 18 holes on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Army opened the season with a ninth-place showing at the 13-team Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate in Verona, N.Y.

The Black Knights then defeated Columbia, 7-4 and Navy, 8.5-2.5 in a pair of dual matches.

In addition to host East Tennessee State and Army, the field includes Coastal Carolina, Furman, Memphis, Missouri, Penn State, Pepperdine, Tennessee, UNC-Wilmington, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

“This is really our first medal play tournament since Labor Day weekend,” said Army golf coach Brian Watts. “The guys have been qualifying for the past two weeks and trying to get back in that medal play mode.

“This is a great field and a good golf course. We know we are going to play a little more aggressively that we normally do. This is a strong field with a lot of really good teams so if we can beat a few teams we would walk away feeling pretty good.”

Junior Anthony Kim, sophomore Robby Hill and freshmen Marcus Plunkett, Eric Peng and John Lee will represent Army.

Kim finished tied for 24th at Turning Stone with a score of 223 while Hill was tied for 32nd (226) and Plunkett was 69th with a 256. This will be the first collegiate tournaments for Peng and Lee.

Army will have a quick turnaround and play the Service Academy Classic at Trump National in Colts Neck, N.J., Oct. 22-23.

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