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This Week's Syllabus — 4/10

April 08, 2006

__FEATURED TOURNAMENTS for the week of April 10


U.S. Collegiate Championship

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GC of Georgia (Lakeside Course)

Alpharetta, Ga.

April 10-11__

Host Georgia Tech and the GC of Georgia are going out of their way to make the inaugural playing of this event a memorable one, providing spectators and players a few unique opportunities during the 54-hole competition.

For starters, the course won’t be roped off, allowing galleries the chance to walk  along side the competitors as is the case when the club hosts the annual Georgia Cup match pitting the U.S. Amateur champion against the British Amateur champion.

Players meanwhile will get the added perk of having caddies during the second and third rounds.

“To have a tournament of this magnitude at a facility we feel is the best in the country is very exciting,” said Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler, whose team has enjoyed a 10-year relationship with the GC of Georgia, which will host the 2007 NCAA East Regional. “Knowing and appreciating the commitment and enthusiasm the staff and the members hold toward the event, it makes us feel very comfortable that it will become a very special tournament.”

Meanwhile, the tournament isn’t lacking in top caliber teams. Seven of the 13 have won tournaments during the 2005-06 season (BYU, East Tennessee State, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia State and Tennessee). Favorites include the obvious: the host Yellow Jackets, their archrivals, the Bulldogs (Who will be playing without Brian Harman, who is in the field at the PGA Tour event in Hilton Head); and the Gators. If you’re look a pick, go with Tech thanks to the home course advantage and the fact that their team is due to rebound after a couple so-so tournaments in recent weeks.

FIELD: No. 24 Alabama, No. 6 BYU, No. 16 Clemson, No. 10 East Tennessee State, No. 3 Florida, Florida State, No. 1 Georgia, No. 9 Georgia State, No. 4 Georgia Tech, Texas, TCU, No. 13 Tennessee and No. 14 Wake Forest.

Other events to watch:

April 14-15—Ping Cougar Classic, Riverside CC, Provo, Utah

April 14-16—Southern Conference Championship, The Links at Stone Ferry, Charleston, S.C.

April 15-16—New England Division I Championship, Triggs Memorial GC, Providence

April 15-16—Robert Kepler Invitational, Murifield Village GC, Dublin, Ohio

April 15-16—The Aggie Invitational, Traditions GC, Bryan, Texas

April 15-16—U.S. Intercollegiate, Stanford (Calif.) GC