May 24, 2010
Tennessee's advancement to the NCAA Men's Golf Championships at The Honors Course in Ooltewah offers area fans a rare opportunity to see the best in men's collegiate golf compete for a national title at one of the great venues in American sports.
The Vols qualified for the 30-team field by tying for third place at the San Diego Regional over the weekend. It is UT's second consecutive trip to the NCAA finals and the fifth by the Vols under head coach Jim Kelson in the last eight seasons.
The tournament begins next Tuesday, June 1, with the first of three stroke-play rounds. After 54 holes, the field is narrowed to eight teams for three days of match play competition, culminating in the national championship match on Saturday, June 6.
Tickets are $15 for an any session badge, or $45 for an all-session (6 days) pass. Fans can order online at gomocs.com or by calling the UT Chattanooga athletics ticket office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).
Although pairings have not been announced, Tennessee likely will play a morning round on June 1 followed by an afternoon round June 2. The June 3 pairings will be determined by team standings after 36 holes.
Opened on July 2, 1983, The Honors Course is located just north of Chattanooga in Ooltewah and was created to honor the game of amateur golf. The Pete Dye-designed course plays to a par of 72 at 7,395 yards. Its natural areas are home to various species of birds, and it has been recognized by the National Audubon Society.
The course has played host to many local, state, national and international tournaments over its 27-year history, including the 1996 NCAA Men's Golf Championships. Tennessee finished 23rd at that event, which crowned Stanford's Tiger Woods individual medalist.