Sept. 14, 2012
KINGSTON, R.I. - On Sept. 17-18, the Villanova golf team will participate in the 19th annual Adams Cup of Newport/Cleveland Golf Classic at the Newport Country Club and Carnegie Abbey Club, hosted by the University of Rhode Island. The 2012 Adams Cup field includes 12 teams from eight different conferences.
Over the past 17 years, the Adams Cup of Newport has annually attracted some of the top NCAA golf programs in the country. Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open Champion, competed for UAB at the 1999 Adams Cup. In total, 20 Adams Cup alumni have played on the PGA Tour.
Newport Country Club, founded in 1893, hosted both the first U.S. Amateur Championship and the first U.S. Open in 1895. Most recently, Newport C.C. hosted the 2006 U.S. Women's Open. First designed as a nine hole course by William Davis, it was later expanded to 18 holes in 1915 by renowned golf course architect Donald Ross. Another renovation in 1923 was conducted by A.W. Tillinghast - the architect behind Winged Foot and Baltusrol.
The golf course at the Carnegie Abbey Club represents a transplant of traditional golfing values from Scotland-birthplace of the royal and ancient game-to Portsmouth, R.I. Designed by one of the great names in modern golf course architecture, Donald Steel, the course boasts traditional Scottish-style revetted sod bunkers, few in number but strategically placed for maximum impact on play.
Villanova finished tied for fifth place overall in the team standings a year ago, carding a three-round total of 871. Steve Skurla finished as the top Wildcat competitor, posting rounds of 73-70-72--215, while Brian Colbert, Michael Kania, Derek Jones and Robby Meador rounded out the Villanova scoring for the event.
19th Annual Adams Cup of Newport/Cleveland Golf Classic Field (12 Teams):
Johnson & Wales (Florida)