CHARLESTON, S.C. - The College of Charleston men's golf team will open their spring season on Feb. 11 in St. George, Utah, for the 2013 Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational, hosted by Southern Utah.
The Cougars have had a lot of success at the Pat Hicks tournament. In 2010 they won the tournament and had the top individual in Harrison Moore.
The Cougars fall season was highlighted by a pair of top-five finishes as they opened the season by finishing fourth at The Invitational at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island and also finished fourth at the Kiawah Classic at Turtle Point.
Sophomore Zach Munroe had three top-10 finishes in the fall, the best coming at the Kiawah Classic, where he finished in third-place. In the summer Munroe advanced to the round of 16 at the U.S. Amateur Championship.
Junior Alex Ellis, who came within a few shots of qualifying for the U.S. Open in the summer finished eighth in the Cougars first tournament, The Invitational at the Ocean Course.
Currently Munroe and Ellis are tied for eighth-place in stroke average among all men's golfers in the Southern Conference at 73.17 over 12 rounds.
"We had a good summer and fall and I think we are on the brink of breaking through," CofC head coach Mark McEntire said. "I'm really excited about the spring season for us. I think we are going to have a lot of competition and a lot of depth, something we have not had in the past."
The Cougars will host the Southern Conference Championship April 21-23 at the Daniel Island Club. The NCAA Regionals will be contested May 16-18 at various campus sites and the NCAA Championship will be held May 28-June 2 at the Capital City Club in Atlanta.