ACC and SEC Men’s Collegiate Golf Teams Set to Square Off in Second Annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup

September 17, 2014

ACC and SEC Men’s Collegiate Golf Teams Set to Square Off in Second Annual
DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup
Seven of the top twenty men’s teams in the country make up the field that will compete at The Golf Club of Tennessee where spectators are invited to attend at no cost

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Sept. 15, 2014) – The second annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup, hosted by the Nashville Sports Council and The Golf Club of Tennessee, is scheduled for September 19-21.  One of the only events of its kind in the country, this unique, multi-day collegiate competition brings twelve teams from the ACC and SEC to The Golf Club of Tennessee for a 54-hole team and individual stroke play event, followed by an 18-hole match play conference finale, pitting the teams in each conference against each other to play for Top Conference honors.

This year’s tournament will feature five of the top ten and seven of the top twenty preseason men’s teams in the country, as ranked by Golfweek.  Representing the Atlantic Coast Conference will be Clemson (#17), Duke, Georgia Tech (#3), Louisville, NC State, and Virginia (#11).  Georgia (#9), Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina (#7), Texas A&M (#8), and Vanderbilt (#6) will represent the Southeastern Conference in this year’s event.

Play will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, September 19, with teams teeing off on holes #1 and #10.  The second round will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday with a similar double tee start.  Team pairings for Friday are posted on the event website, DSGCollegiateChallenge.com.  Stroke play will continue on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. with teams starting in order of Friday’s 36-hole scoring.

The Conference Challenge will take place on Sunday, with teams from the ACC playing 18-hole matches against their similarly ranked opponent from the SEC.  The conference that accumulates the most points on Sunday will be crowned the 2014 Collegiate Challenge Cup Champion!

Last year’s inaugural event, held September 20-22, 2013 at The Golf Club of Tennessee, saw Ben Crancer from Texas A&M walk away as the individual stroke play champion with Georgia taking home the team stroke play crown.  The SEC completed the weekend sweep by defeating the ACC in the Conference Challenge.

The event is free to spectators Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and gates will open 30 minutes prior to the first tee time.  Spectator carts will not be allowed as spectators are expected to walk on cart paths during the event.  For attendees looking to enhance their tournament experience, a hospitality package is available for purchase that includes hospitality for all three days of the event and an invitation to the Celebration Dinner and Match Play Pairings Party at the world-renowned Loveless Barn.  More information on attending the event or purchasing hospitality passes can be found on the event’s website at DSGCollegiateChallenge.com.

The Golf Club of Tennessee is located approximately a mile and a half south of I-40 West (exit 188) in Kingston Springs.  From any location in Nashville, take I-40 West toward Memphis.  Take exit 188 and turn left (south) on Luyben Hills Road.  Proceed up the hill on Luyben Hills Road for approximately ¾ of a mile.  At the split in the road, veer right onto CC Road and proceed until you see a black wooden rail fence on the left.  Turn left through the bricked entrance and bear right through the security gate.  Spectator parking will be located off of the main drive, with shuttle service to the Clubhouse and golf course.

About the Nashville Sports Council:
The Nashville Sports Council is a private, non-profit, membership-based organization of area corporations and individual sports enthusiasts.  Created in 1992, the Nashville Sports Council’s mission is to positively impact the economy and quality of life of the Greater Nashville Area by attracting and promoting professional and amateur sporting events.  The Nashville Sports Council has hosted hundreds of major sporting events that have produced more than half a billion dollars in direct economic impact for the region.  For more information call 615.743.3120 or visit NashvilleSports.com.  Follow the Nashville Sports Council on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Golf Club of Tennessee:
Tom Fazio’s The Golf Club of Tennessee was created by and for the serious golf enthusiast.  It encompasses 317 acres of rolling land nestled in the hills of Kingston Springs, Tennessee.  The Golf Club opened for play in March of 1991 and was renovated in spring of 2007.  Since its inception, The Golf Club has garnered high praises by the local and national golf world including being awarded “Runner-Up Best New Private Course for 1991” by Golf Digest and ranking among “America’s 50 Greatest Golf Retreats” in 2007 by Golf Digest Index.  With its stunning views and peaceful surroundings, The Golf Club of Tennessee has come to be regarded as a true Tennessee masterpiece.

About DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc.:
Founded in 1948, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. is a leading omni-channel sporting goods retailer offering an extensive assortment of authentic, high-quality sports equipment, apparel, footwear and accessories. As of May 3, 2014, the Company operated more than 565 DICK'S Sporting Goods locations across the United States, serving and inspiring athletes and outdoor enthusiasts to achieve their personal best through a blend of dedicated associates, in-store services and unique specialty shop-in-shops dedicated to Team Sports, Athletic Apparel, Golf, Lodge/Outdoor, Fitness and Footwear. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, DICK’S also owns and operates Golf Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores. DICK'S offers its products through a content-rich eCommerce platform that is integrated with its store network and provides customers with the convenience and expertise of a 24-hour storefront.  For more information, visit the Press Room or Investor Relations pages at www.DICKS.com.

Media Contact:
Brandon Cox
615.743.3129
BCox@NashvilleSports.com