Georgia Tech emerges as team stroke play champion with the ACC taking home the Conference Challenge
Kingston Springs, Tenn. (Sept. 21, 2014) – The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the ACC avenged last year’s SEC sweep by claiming the team and conference crown at the Second Annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup. Georgia’s Lee McCoy and South Carolina’s Will Starke were the only recipients of hardware for the SEC, finishing first and second, respectively, in individual stroke play.
The multi-day collegiate event brought 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.
Representing the Atlantic Coast Conference was Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, NC State, and Virginia. Georgia, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt represented the Southeastern Conference in the second annual event.
After two rounds of play Friday, Georgia Tech led Vanderbilt by two strokes. Tech surged ahead with a blistering second round, coming from 10 shots back to take the lead. The third round of play featured a constant back and forth battle between Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt, but Tech emerged victorious on senior Drew Czuchry’s dramatic chip-in from just off the 18th green. Tech finished one stroke ahead of Vanderbilt to claim the title.
The individual stroke play title was claimed by Georgia’s Lee McCoy. McCoy shot a steady 67, 69, and 69 to finish 8-under par for the tournament. Going into the final round of competition, McCoy trailed leader Carson Jacobs from Vanderbilt by three strokes. Jacobs would not be able to hold onto the lead, shooting 4-over in the final round to finish 4-under par for the tournament. McCoy was pushed hard by South Carolina’s Will Starke who finished the tournament in second place at 7-under par.
The event concluded on Sunday with a unique ACC versus SEC match play competition. Thirty individual match-ups would determine the Conference Champion. The match-ups consisted of players from the following teams:
· Duke vs. Missouri
· NC State vs. Texas A&M
· Ole Miss vs. Clemson
· Louisville vs. Georgia
· Virginia vs. South Carolina
· Georgia Tech vs. Vanderbilt
Matches were tight all day, but in the end the ACC prevailed and claimed the travelling trophy, besting the SEC by a score of 16.5 to 13.5. A full list of results can be found on the event website at DSGCollegiateChallenge.com.
“On behalf of The Golf Club of Tennessee and the Nashville Sports Council, we would like to thank all of the players, coaches, sponsors, and spectators for being part of the Second Annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup,” said Richard Pinson, Tournament Chairman. “We’d like to extend a special thank you to DICK’S Sporting Goods for returning as title sponsor of this year’s event and to our broadcast partner ESPN for their tournament coverage.”
“DICK’S Sporting Goods is proud to support this event and collegiate athletics through our sponsorship,” said Colleen Wilson, Community and Corporate Relations Manager, DICK’S Sporting Goods. “Congratulations to all the winners and participants at this year’s event. We’re looking forward to being a part of this event again next year.”
Event dates for next year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup have yet to be determined, but it will be played once more at The Golf Club of Tennessee. A ninety-minute highlight show will be broadcast on ESPNU on October 12, 2014 at 1 PM CST with a broadcast on the SEC Network to follow at a later date that has yet to be determined.
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.