HARROGATE, Tenn. — Here is a comprehensive look at the fall portion of the Lincoln Memorial University men’s golf schedule, which includes a lengthy trip to a prestigious event, two home tournaments and three B-Team events.
For the second straight season, the Railsplitters’ fall schedule begins at the Kiawah Island Invitational, which kicks off on Sept. 14 at Cougar Point Golf Course. In 2014’s rain-shortened event, the Railsplitters finished in fourth place with a three-under par total of 285. Rising junior George Duncan (Dumbartonshire, Scotland) led the way with a career-low, four-under par 68. The Kiawah Island Invite is hosted by USC Aiken, who finished third in last season’s national rankings.
The following week takes the Railsplitters into North Carolina for the Etowah Intercollegiate, a 36-hole event hosted by Brevard at Etowah Valley Country Club, site of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championship. Lincoln Memorial participated in the 2014 event with the B-Team, placing in third.
After a one-week layoff, the Railsplitters head back to the South Carolina coast for the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate. Co-hosted by LMU and Lenoir-Rhyne, the 2015 Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate will be shifting from the Sea Trail Resort to Ocean Ridge Plantation, where the Railsplitters will be looking to secure their fifth top-five finish in the program’s sixth-straight appearance in the event. Last season represented LMU’s only finish outside of the top five since 2010, as the Railsplitters tied for sixth.
With the 14-hour round trip to Myrtle Beach behind them, the Railsplitters will get to sleep in their own beds and endure just a 15-minute drive to Woodlake Golf Course in Tazewell, Tennessee for the annual State Farm Intercollegiate on Oct. 12-13.
Lincoln Memorial will be vying for its third-straight State Farm Intercollegiate title. Last year’s event was condensed from 54 to 36 holes due to rain, but not before Braden Galyon posted a course record, eight-under par 64 and a two-under par 70 to lead the Railsplitters to a four-shot victory.
The Railsplitters’ A-Team completes its fall schedule at one of the most loaded events in the country, traveling to Orlando, Florida for the McDonough Cup, hosted by Rollins at world-renowned Rio Pinar Country Club. Last season’s McDonough Cup featured eight teams that finished in the top 25 of the final Golfstat head-to-head national rankings, including eventual National Champion Nova Southeastern and National Runners-Up Lynn.
Along with the five A-Team events, the Railsplitters will participate in three separate tournaments exclusively with its B-Team. First, LMU’s B-Team will take part in the Tusculum Fall Classic at Link Hills Country Club Sept. 28-29.
The Railsplitters enter that tournament as the four-time defending champion. Additionally, the B-Team will compete in the Walters State Fall Invitational, hosted at the Country Club in Morristown, Tennessee, in mid-October before completing their schedule at the Pioneer Classic Oct. 31-Nov. 1.