by Kevin Buczek
WILSON, N.C.-The Barton College men's golf team will play a strong five-event fall schedule that was announced by second year head coach Ashley Leonard on Friday.
The Bulldogs will open up the 2014-15 campaign with a new fall home tournament. Barton will be hosting the Cutter Creek Invitational in Snow Hill, N.C., on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 8-9. Barton will be hosting the men's and women's event on one of Eastern North Carolina's most premier layouts in a Cutter Creek Golf Club that can measure 7,270 yards from the tips.
Coach Leonard will debut her whole team at the local venue. BC's roster of 14 players is the program's largest roster yet.
It will be important for Barton to start the season strong as the Cutter Creek Invite will have a big influence on which five Bulldogs will represent the Royal Blue and White in the Kiawah Island Invitational a week later on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 15-16. USC Aiken hosts the tourney on the Cougar Point course at the Kiawah Island Resort, and the event is one of the strongest fall events in the Southeast Region every fall. BC has had success there winning the event in 2010.
Barton will conclude its first month of competition with its third consecutive trip to the King University Invitational on Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 29-30. Barton has also held that trophy in recent memory winning at the Country Club of Bristol in Tennessee in 2012. Redshirt sophomore Edward Thomas III had a runner-up individual finish there two seasons ago and senior Austin Doerr did the same last year.
The Bulldogs will return to the Sea Trail Resort in Sunset Beach, N.C., for the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate on Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 6-7. Barton posted a pair of top-3 finishes in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate on the Jones Course in 2011 and 2012 but then had a disappointing 13th place result on the Byrd Course in 2013. BC will not be able to rely on its past experiences good or bad as the host institutions Lenoir-Rhyne University and Lincoln Memorial University have now moved the men's portion of the tourney to the resort's third course in the Maples layout. The large showcase tournament includes overnight accommodations in a Myrtle Beach oceanfront hotel.
Barton caps play in the fall in the Rock Barn Collegiate Invitational hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne on Oct. 27-28. The Bulldogs participated in the NCAA South/Southeast Regional on the same Jones Course at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa in 2012. The event will also serve as a preview for 2015 NCAA Division II National Championship that will be hosted by L-R at Rock Barn in May.
Coach Leonard will announce Barton's full spring schedule to go along with the 40th annual Barton Intercollegiate on March 16-17 and the 2015 Conference Carolinas Championships in April later in the calendar year after the fall counting schedule has been played.
NOTE: Barton men's golf schedule is subject to change and fans are encouraged to check BartonBulldogs.com throughout the season to confirm dates and locations to all tournaments.