THURSDAY, JANUARY 21, 2010
The PLAYERS Stadium Course set to host the 2010 JU Invitational
With several nationally ranked teams in the field and one of the top venues in the country, the 2010 JU Invitational is set to be one of the top collegiate events of the season when it start on Feb. 7.

The second annual event moves to the PLAYERS Stadium Course at the TPC at Sawgrass and teams such as Clemson, Wake Forest, East Tennessee State and Kentucky have committed to be apart of the event.

Serving as the tournament host is Jacksonville-native, 10-time PGA Tour winner and 1988 THE PLAYERS champion Mark McCumber. McCumber won the 1988 PLAYERS by four shots over Mike Reid, posting a final score of 13-under par for the week.

The tournament begins on Feb. 7 with a practice round and college-am event. There are a limited number of spots available in the college-am event, each going for $500, which includes a round on the PLAYERS Stadium Course as well as a gift bag and dinner that evening in the clubhouse. For more information on playing in the college-am event, contact Joel Lamp at (904) 256-7409.

“Thanks to the great people at the TPC, we have been able to put together a championship event that will give these young men a tremendous experience,” said Joel Lamp, JU associate director of athletics and tournament director. “The support from the local community for this event has been phenomenal. We have a great field for the event and look forward to an exciting week of golf.

“We would be remiss if we didn’t thank Mark McCumber and everything he has done for the event. Having a former PLAYERS champion involved has been a major boost to the event as we get it off the ground.”

The 15-team event begins on Monday morning with two rounds scheduled to begin via a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The tournament will conclude on Tuesday with 18 holes, starting with tee times at 8 a.m.

Teams from across the country will be in the field. Other teams include East Carolina, Liberty, Old Dominion, Georgia State, Murray State, Jacksonville State, Idaho, Charleston Southern, USC Upstate and Winthrop.

“Our team is excited about the event and getting the spring season started,” said JU head coach Mike Blackburn. “We had some really good rounds during the fall season and this group has the potential to do more. As we play some of the top teams in the country throughout the spring, I look for our game to improve as well.”

A year ago, the JU Invitational was played on the Dye’s Valley Course with Lamar taking home the team title. JU used its third place finish as a starting point to a solid spring as the Dolphins had three top five finishes. Then-senior Christian Martin led JU with a fifth place finish at four-over par, 220.

Fans will be able to follow the tournament through extensive coverage on the Internet. Hole-by-hole live scoring will be provided as well as live video of all the play on the famous 17th hole through Golfstat.com.