PRINCETON, N.J. – The Seton Hall men’s golf team will return to action on Saturday for the first two of three rounds of action at the Princeton Invitational at Springdale Golf Club, April 6-7.
Host: Princeton University
Location: Princeton, N.J.
Course: Springdale Golf Club
Course Vitals: Par-71, 6,456 yards
Dates: April 9-10, 2019
Dating back to 1895, Springdale Golf Club is one of the oldest in New Jersey. Designed by Gerard Lambert and revised by William Flynn in 1926, the walkable course requires precision shot-making and has superior conditions and playability. The property, which was originally private farmland, was purchased by the Class of 1886 and gifted to Princeton University with the expectation of establishing one of the first courses in the region. The private club has a close relationship with the University, and counts many university professors, administrators and students among its members. With a fine and experienced PGA staff, the club hosts numerous tournaments, collegiate matches, clinics and golf outings every year.
In addition to Seton Hall and two teams from host Princeton, the field features teams from Brown (club), Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Howard, Penn, Rider, Saint Joseph’s, Temple and Yale. BIG EAST opponent Georgetown is also in the field.
THE SETON HALL LINEUP
- Wenliang Xie, Junior
- Andres Acevedo, Graduate Student
- Gregor Tait, Graduate Student
- Angus O’Brien, Freshman
- Deven Ramachandran, Senior
LAST TIME OUT
Graduate student Andres Acevedo (San Antonio, Texas) and Wenliang Xie (Zhaoqing, China) shot a 1-over-par, 72, to lift the Pirates to a second-place tie at the highly-competitive Seattle Redhawk Invitational on Tuesday.
The Pirates were playing well despite brutal weather and high winds on Monday. They were in second place on the back nine when play was halted and all scores were erased in favor of playing one final round today. The Hall continued its strong performance on Tuesday, firing an 8-over-par, 292, to tie Abilene Christian for second place in the 23-team field. Boise State won the team title at 3-over-par.
Acevedo had four birdies, while Xie had a birdie and an eagle on the par-5, No. 18 hole. They tied for seventh among 120 individual golfers with a 1-over-par, 71. They finished three strokes behind the individual champion, Boise State’s Max Charles. It’s the fourth top-10 finish of the year for both Pirates.
LAST TIME AT SPRINGDALE
Deven Ramachandran (San Rafael, Calif.) fired a career-best 3-under-par, 68, in the final round of 2019 Princeton Invitational and the Pirates surged up the leader board to a fourth-place finish. Ramachandran had a team-high six birdies in round three to move up the individual leader board and finish in an 11th place tie. In all, he shot a 3-under-par, 71-71-68-210.
As a team, the Pirates saved their top team round for round three. The Hall shaved six strokes off their second-round score, settling with a 5-under-par, 279. They were able to hop three teams in the final standings, including BIG EAST rival Georgetown. For the tournament, the Pirates finished 2-under-par with a 286-285-279-850.
One of the players tied with Ramachandran for 11th place overall was teammate Gregor Tait (Martlesham Heath, England). He shot an even-par, 71, in round three, and finished the three-round event with a 3-under-par, 68-71-71-210.
The teams will play five golfers and count the four lowest scores per round.
PAIRINGS / TEE TIMES
The field will play 36 continuous holes on Saturday and one final round on Sunday. Play begins with a tee times starting at 7:45 am on Saturday, and 8:15 a.m. on Sunday. The Hall will be paired with golfers from Princeton and Howard on Saturday.
Live scoring will be available throughout the tournament via Golfstat.com. Complete results of each day’s events will also be available following competition at SHUpirates.com.