The Winthrop men's golf team will travel to Hattiesburg, Miss., this weekend to take part in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate on Sunday through Tuesday. The tournament will be played at Hattiesburg Country Club, a tree-lined par-72 measuring 6,902 yards.
Two seniors, Kelly Manders and Brent Martin, have led the men's team through the fall season. Martin finished tied for seventh overall at the Eagles' last tournament, the Xavier Invitational. He shot a 6-under 210 for three rounds. Manders was tied for 13th at 4-under (212).
"(Martin) has been playing well all season. He's had just one bad round out of nine this season. Other than that, he is shooting right at par," Winthrop coach Kevin Pendley said.
This will be Winthrop's first time at the Sam Hall.
"It is a great, old golf course," Pendley explained. "The fairways are tree-lined. You have to work the ball both ways. Last week was more open tee to green. This week, every fairway is tight. The margin for error will be less."
The field is filled with good mid-major programs led by Middle Tennessee State, according to Pendley.
The Winthrop women's golf team hasn't had the season coach Jodi Wendt envisioned. It will play in the Edwin Watts/Palmetto Intercollegiate in Kiawah Island beginning Monday.
The 54-hole event will be played at Oak Point at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The course was designed in 1997 then received major renovation in 2004. Undulating fairways and challenging greens are some of the unique features of Oak Point, according to the course's Web site.
Wendt said the tournament will have a great field with 19 schools participating. It is the final event on the fall schedule for the women's team.
Rachel Smith led the team at the Lady Pirate Invitational last week in Greenville, N.C. She finished tied for 12th with a 13-over 226. Freshman Brittany Penny was 27th with a 231.