The Rees Jones Collegiate Invitational is returning to Daufuskie Island's Haig Point Club for a fourth year, and the tournament's namesake is coming with it.
Jones, the course's architect, will speak to players from the 13 teams competing in this year's event at a special players dinner Oct. 2, the eve of the tournament.
South Carolina will again serve as the host school, and the field will include schools from nine different conferences, including defending conference champions UNC-Wilmington (Colonial Athletic Association), Kennesaw State (Atlantic Sun) and Liberty (Big South). Other teams competing are Charleston Southern, Winthrop, Georgia State, Iowa State, Jacksonville, South Florida, Chattanooga and Wake Forest.
The Gamecocks won the tournament the first two years, but Kennesaw State took the title away last year, winning a playoff over Liberty.
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Teams will play a practice round Oct. 2 followed by 36 holes of competition on Oct. 3 and the final 18 holes on Oct. 4. All three days are open to the public, and Haig Point is offering free ferry travel and admission for the event.
EAGLES TRAVEL IN PAIRS
When Berkeley Hall member Mike Brotsky holed out his second shot for an eagle on the par-4 fourth hole at Berkeley Hall's South Course on Sept. 18, playing partners Jay Sroufe, Diana Sroufe and Libby Cherrington were shocked.
Then came Jay Sroufe's second shot, which ended up in the same place as Brotsky's -- in the bottom of the cup.
"Not sure what the odds of that happening are," Diana Sroufe said in an email.
It's probably safe to none of them will see it again.
FERREE FIFTH IN STATE AM
Hilton Head Island's Karen Ferree shot a three-day total of 237 to finish fifth in the Women's S.C. Golf Association's Amateur Stroke Play Championship from Sept. 20-22 at Daniel Island Club.
Ferree finished seven shots behind Columbia's Cecilia Fournil.
Hilton Head Island's Susan Cummings was eighth, Hilton Head Island's Terrie Allemang was ninth and Bluffton's Jennifer Adams was 10th.