Blue Hen Golf Team Opens Challenging 2011 Spring Schedule This Weekend at UNCW Seahawk Invitational
February 25, 2011
Photo Courtesy of UD Photo Services
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The University of Delaware golf team opens its challenging 2011 spring schedule this weekend when the Blue Hens will compete in the 54-hole Seahawk Invitational hosted by UNC Wilmington.
The tournament, which features two rounds on Sunday and a single round on Monday, will be held at the par 72, 6,918-yard Nicklaus Course at the County Club of Landfall in Wilmington.
The Blue Hens will be paired with the University of North Carolina, which is currently ranked 56th in the latest GolfStat rankings. Other top-100 teams in the impressive field include 19th-ranked South Carolina, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and the host Seahawks. VCU, Old Dominion, Towson, Georgia State, Davidson, and Liberty will also participate in the 12-team invitational.
Following the Seahawk Invitational Delaware will then take three weeks off before competing in the C&F Bank/William & Mary Invitational at Kingsmill Resort on March 21-22, while the Blue Hens will participate in the Villanova Wildcat Invitational in Malvern, Pa. on April 3-4.
The following week Delaware will take on another top-100 squad when the Blue Hens compete in the Penn State Rutherford Invitational on April 8-10, hosted by the 62nd-ranked Nittany Lions. UD senior Justin Martinson (at right) will then look to defend his Colonial Athletic Association individual title when the Blue Hens participate in the CAA Championships at fabled Pinehurst Resort, future home of the U.S. Open, on April 22-24.
The Blue Hens wrap up their 2011 regular season on April 30 when they participate in another challenging tournament, the Cavalier Classic hosted by 12th-ranked Virginia at Birdwood Golf Course.
Delaware will again be led by Martinson, an NCAA Regional participant last May who led the Blue Hens with a 72.87 stroke average this fall. Martinson continued his impressive UD career by winning the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate on October 16-17, setting a UD single-round record by firing a 64 on the second day. Martinson, who posted two other top-five finishes during the fall season, also holds the UD two-round record and is the school’s all-time leader with a career 73.25 average round.
Fellow senior Kevin McLister will also be concluding an outstanding career this spring after ranking second on the squad with a 73.07 average round this fall. McLister finished third at the Navy Fall Classic on September 11-12, while his opening round of 66 is tied for the third lowest in Delaware history. McLister enters his final spring season with a 75.95 career stroke average, which currently is the fourth lowest by a Blue Hen.
Juniors Stephen Scialo, who posted an average round of 76.00 during the fall, and Greg Matthias, who recorded a 76.40 average round, also will be key contributors for the Blue Hens after both appeared in all five tournaments this fall. Junior Bobby Arthur, sophomore J.R. Fasy, and freshmen Dan Costenbader and Corey Wagner will battle for Delaware’s fifth spot.
Following a stellar 2009-10 year in which the Blue Hens won four consecutive tournaments and posted seven top-five finishes, Delaware had a successful fall season which included a first place finish at the Navy Fall Classic. The Blue Hens were also fifth at the Lincoln Mercury Intercollegiate and tied for sixth at the Joe Agee Invitational as they posted six top 10 finishes in seven tournaments.Back To Golf Home Golf Story Archive