Rick Lamb leads Vols to General Hackler
March 10, 2013
On Monday, the Tennessee men's golf team will head to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for its third consecutive invite to the General Hackler Championship.
The no. 29 ranked Volunteers are coming off an abrupt, disappointing finish as the John Hayt Invitational was cut short due to poor weather conditions. John Hayt Recap.
The General Hackler Championship is hosted by Coastal Carolina and is Mar. 11-12 at TPC of Myrtle Beach. The 11-team field features six teams ranked among the nation's top 100, including four within the nation's top 50.
The 2013 General Hackler field includes Arkansas (17th), Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina (48th)(host), ETSU, Florida Gulf Coast, Gardner-Webb, Kent State (23rd), Lamar, MTSU, Tennessee (29th), and Texas El Paso. In additon, Kent State's Corey Conners is ranked 17th and the Vols' Rick Lamb is ranked 38th.
Head coach Jim Kelson will go with Rick Lamb, Jay Vandeventer, Thomas Dunne, Oliver Goss, and Michael Nagy as his starting five for the tournament. In addition, junior Brandon Rodgers will play as an individual to round out the Vols' travel team.
The event gets underway Monday with groups starting from the first and 10th holes. The Vols will be part of the first group to tee off bright and early Monday morning at 7:40 a.m. ET. Tennessee will be playing with Coastal Carolina and ETSU.
The Vols have participated in the General Hackler Invitational previously in 2011 and 2012, finishing 4th and 12th respectively.
The Invitational is named after Major General James F. Hackler. General Hackler was a distinguished military leader, and following retirement became a leading citizen and entrepreneur in the Myrtle Beach area. He was a dedicated supporter of Coastal Carolina University for over 30 years, and was recognized for his contributions and devotion to the University in 2009 by being awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Public Service.