VILLANOVA, Pa.- The Villanova golf team will be kicking off its spring season this weekend as the team travels down to the Fort Lauderdale Intercollegiate tournament. The team will compete in the tournament for two days beginning on Monday, Mar. 5. The 54-hole tournament will consist of a shotgun start of 8:15 a.m. on Monday and tee times start beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
The course at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club is a par 72, 7,000-yard championship course built in 1951.
Fifteen schools will be competing in the tournament which include, Austin Peay, Boston College, Connecticut, Davidson, Drexel, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast, Hartford, La Salle, Old Dominion, St. Bonaventure, St. John's, Toledo as well as host Loyola.
Richmond won last year’s event but will not be returning for this years contest. Six teams do return from the inaugural event which include Florida Gulf Coast, Hartford, Loyola, Old Dominion and St. Bonaventure.
The Wildcats are coming off a fall season in which a 6th place finish at the Matthews Auto Collegiate Invitational was the strongest finish for the team. Sophomore Connor Daly and senior Andy Butler both finished tied for sixth place overall in the tournament. The team also had a strong finish at the Doc Gimmler tournament in which the team finished in 7th place. Daly finished tied for fourth place in the tournament after shooting an impressive round of 71 in his final round.
The team will be sending out captain Connor Daly, senior Andy Butler, freshman Matt Barnes, senior Zach Egermayer, and senior Andrew MacMillan. Freshman Reb Banas, junior Andrew Bowyer and senior Will Byrne will compete as individuals.
There will be no live stats for this tournament. But final stats from each day will be posted.
The team returns to action on Mar. 9 when they will face Coastal Georgia in match just between the two teams.