The College of Wooster men's golf team spent its annual near-two-week Southern swing playing at several of the region's premier courses, and in between all of the practice rounds, the Fighting Scots squared off against Div. II Florida Institute of Technology in a non-scoring match.
Wooster's trip started at the Atlantic Beach Golf Club, which sits on the site of the former Selva Marina Country Club. The Selva Marina hosted the inaugural Greater Jacksonville Open in 1965, a tournament that has since been renamed the THE PLAYERS Championship, and is now played at nearby TPC at Sawgrass. The course's site has historic roots, as it's where Jack Nicklaus recorded his first double-eagle in tournament competition on No. 18 during the 1966 Jacksonville Open.
Last year, Atlantic Beach was selected as the site for the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship. The tournament, won by Jonathan Byrd, had a one million dollar purse.
On Sunday, March 11, Wooster teed it up at the Rees Jones-designed RedStick Golf Club, a unique club with approximately 275 members. Then, Wooster practiced and played at Hawk's Nest Golf Club, a course build on a sand ridge, and featuring long-needled pines and live oaks along the fairways – a rarity for a Florida course.
Wooster traveled up to Georgia on March 14 to practice and play at the Tom Fazio-designed Frederica Golf Club, a course with greens among the largest on a Fazio course. Then, the Scots returned to Florida and played at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club's Ocean Course. Ponte Vedra's roots trace back to the early 1900s, and the course was tabbed to host the 1939 Ryder Cup Match, prior to the early onset of World War II leading to the cancelation of the event.
Wooster played two more rounds in Florida, the finale of which came at the Deerwood Club, also a former site of the Greater Jacksonville Open. Next, the Scots started to head back north, but stopped in North Carolina for three days of play. In the North Carolina opener, Wooster teed it up at Pine Needles Resort, a Donald Ross gem located in the Southern Pines-Pinehurst area of North Carolina.
The Scots' trip ended at Tobacco Road Golf Club, a course ranked No. 50 by the Golf Course Architecture Magazine.
Wooster opens the northern portion of its schedule at Denison University's Ted Barclay Invitational, held at Denison Golf Club April 7-8.