Originally created 03/19/00

Area golf notes



It's going to be a busy week for the nationally ranked Augusta State golf team. The 17th-ranked Jaguars are entered in two tournaments.

They'll play in the Cleveland Golf Collegiate Championship on Monday and Tuesday at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken and then tee it up in the E-Z-GO Schenkel Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at the Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga.

USC Aiken, No. 7 in NCAA Division II rankings, is the host team for the Cleveland Golf Collegiate, while Georgia Southern hosts the Schenkel Invitational. This Schenkel, now in its second year after being discontinued in 1990 after an 18-year run, has a 15-team field, as does the Cleveland Golf Collegiate.

USC Aiken is the defending champion in the Cleveland Golf Collegiate. In addition to the Pacers and Jaguars, other teams in the field are Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, East Carolina, Furman, Kansas, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Wofford and Presbyterian.

Clemson won the Schenkel Invitational in 1999 and is back to defend its title.

Clemson's John Engler, a junior from Augusta, is ranked 15th in the country.

The other teams in the field are Georgia Southern, Augusta State, Duke, East Tennessee State, Florida, Georgia, Houston, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas Christian.

Five of the top 10 teams in the country are in the field. Individually, 14 of the top 30 players will tee it up.

USGA GRANT:

The U.S. Golf Association will present a $25,000 grant this week to the Augusta Kids Golf Foundation to help disadvantaged youth learn to play golf through the junior development program.

Dennis Terry, a USGA junior championship committee member, will present the check Thursday at the Augusta Golf Center in Grovetown.

The grant is part of the USGA's "For the Good of the Game" program. It is a 10-year, $50-million commitment aimed at making golf more affordable and accessible.