COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech women's and men's golf
teams will be teeing it up on several familiar courses this fall
when first-year head coach Polk Brown takes the Golden Eagles
through the 2011 fall schedules. The Tech women's team will play in
five events while the men's team is scheduled for four tournaments,
and the Tech teams have played in all nine of these in previous
The Golden Eagle women will play two tournaments in both Alabama
and Kentucky and one in North Carolina. The fall season begins
Sept. 4-6 at the Chris Banister Classic, a 54-hole, three-day event
at the Silver Lakes Golf Course in Jacksonville, Ala. A week later,
Tech will be at Murray State's 54-hole, two-day Drake Creek
Invitational, Sept. 12-13. Week three has the Tech women playing in
the Great Smokies Invitational at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort
and Spa, a 36-hole event hosted by Western Carolina.
In October, Tech plays in the F&M Bank Intercollegiate, a
36-hole tournament hosted by Austin Peay on Oct. 10-11 at The Links
at Novadell in Hopkinsville, Ky. The fall season wraps up on the
Gulf Coast, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, at the UAB Beach Blast, a two-day,
36-hole tournament at the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf
The 2011-12 roster will feature five returnees plus one newcomer
in freshman Madalyn Everts. She joins senior Katherine Bell, junior
Amanda Randolph, and sophomores Katy Beth Glover, Amber Shepherd
and Brandy VanEtten.
"All the girls will be getting to play immediately as the season
starts in just the second week of the academic year," Brown said.
"That being said, there is a little time for preparation, and I
hope that the ladies have worked extremely hard over the summer.
There is a tremendous amount of potential and talent on this team,
and they have a great chance of being extremely successful this
year. I look forward to seeing how their respective games have
shaped into form since last year's OVC Championship."
All four of the tournaments on the Tech men's schedule are
two-day, 54-hole events hosted by Ohio Valley Conference teams. The
Golden Eagle men kick off the fall season Sept. 12-13 in Pineville,
Ky., at the Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-Off Invitational, tourney
hosted by Morehead State. Three weeks later, Tech plays at the
Murray State Invitational, Oct. 3-4, at the Miller Memorial Golf
Course. The third tournament is UT Martin's Skyhawk Classic, Oct.
10-11, at Paris Landing State Park. The team's final event of the
fall is the Oct. 17-18 F&M Bank Intercollegiate, hosted by
Austin Peay at The Links at Novadell in Hopkinsville, Ky.
"As I look at our tournaments for this fall, I see an
opportunity to make an early statement as it pertains to the rest
of the teams in the OVC," Brown said. "Each tournament host is an
OVC member, so it is important for our team to set a tone early. I
am so excited to get out there with these men and see how we stack
up against the rest of our OVC opponents. I have high expectations
for my players, and I truly believe we can make some noise to start
out the 2011-2012 campaign. There is no question that this team can
do some special things throughout the course of this year."
The men's roster features two freshmen who join a nucleus of five
returnees. Newcomers Taylor Diegel and Max Verble will join seniors
Tyler Cassetty and Travis Ramsey, junior Lee Maxwell, and
sophomores Mason Griffin, Greg Kitts and Sam Schrock.