The Tennessee State University men's golf team will host the 5th annual TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate from April 16-17 at the Hermitage Golf Course in Old Hickory, Tenn.
The General's Retreat Course at Hermitage Golf Club is an 18-hole Gary Roger Baird design with six sets of tees that can stretch the course from 3,315 yards to 6,773 yards. Par is 72, with the front and back nines each at par 36. Yet it still features four par fives with each nine consisting of a balance of two par 3s, five par 4s, and two par 5s.
The General's Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, hosted the LPGA Sara Lee Classic from 1988 to 1999. The General's Retreat has been voted the "Best Golf Course in Nashville."
TSU is set to take on a challenging 10-team field including squads from Ohio Valley Conference members, UT Martin, Morehead State, Tennessee Tech, Eastern Illinois and last year's tourney winner, Murray State (+35; 595).
Other teams slated to compete are Southern Illinois, Trevecca, IPFW and North Dakota.
Practice rounds are scheduled for Sunday, April 15 with the first round set to begin at 8 a.m. on Monday with a shotgun start.
In last season's Big Blue intercollegiate, host TSU finished in a tie for third recording an overall stroke count of 601 after inclement weather shortened the tournament to two rounds. The Tigers finished six strokes behind first place Murray State for the 36-hole event.
Ryan Pierson led TSU and finished second overall after entering the final round tied for first. Pierson carded rounds of 71 and 74 to finish on the final leader board standings 5-over par 140. He finished with one eagle and shot -4 on 5-par scoring.
Cameron Scitern joined Pierson in the top ten recording sixth place overall. He finished in the top ten after carding both rounds at 74 to finish 8-over par 140.
Following the Big Blue Intercollegiate, TSU will prepare for the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship that will take place, April 26-28, at Greystone Golf Course in Dickson, Tenn.