Sept. 30, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova golf team travels to Orlando, Fla. this weekend to participate in the annual Mission Inn Collegiate Classic hosted by St. John's University. The three-day event will take place at Mission Inn Resort & Club's El Campéon Golf Course.
The Mission Inn Collegiate Classic runs Oct. 2-4 and features a 13-team field from across the country, including Appalachian State, Bethune-Cookman, Boston College, Florida A&M, Florida Gulf Coast, Loyola Maryland, Rollins College, Savannah State, Stetson, Texas-Pan American, Western Kentucky and host-institution St. John's.
El Campéon (Spanish for "The Champion") is recognized as one of Florida's finest golf courses. Designed in 1917 by George O'Neil and enhanced in 1926 by Charles E. Clarke, El Campéon is ranked in the top 10 of over 1,400 golf courses in Florida.
"El Campéon is an old style Floridian golf course," St. John's head coach Frank Darby said. "It's very hilly, in great shape and a lot of fun to play."
Florida Gulf Coast won the 2008 tournament with a team score of 850 (-2). Jacksonville State's Mark Whisenant was the top individual after shooting a 70-71-67--208 (-5).
Villanova is coming off a solid performance from the Sea Trails Invitational where they tied for 6th place in a 16 team field after turning in a team score of 870 (+6). Junior Brendan Kelly (Annapolis, Md.) led the Wildcats with a 13th place finish which marked his second performance where he finished in the top 15.
The Mission Inn Collegiate Classic starts on Oct. 2 with players teeing off from the first and 10th holes beginning at 7:30 a.m. The starting tee time is the same for the second and final rounds. The practice round is on Oct. 1 with tee times starting at 10 a.m.