HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- Ten women’s teams and eight men’s squads will gather Monday morning at Raven Nest Golf Course as Sam Houston State plays host to the annual Harold Funston Intercollegiate Golf Classic.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that SHSU has hosted a fall event at Raven Nest. Host Sam Houston has won the event the last three seasons on the men’s side. The Bearkat women won it in 2011 but failed to defend their crown last season as St. Edwards took home the hardware.
“We’re looking forward to it and we’re very excited to see how we play Monday and Tuesday,” said Bearkat assistant golf coach Tommy Chain. “The team will be comfortable and the newcomers will be very comfortable playing on the course that they play on a daily basis.”
In addition to the Bearkats, the women’s participants include A&M-Corpus Christi, Incarnate Word, Lamar, New Orleans, Oral Roberts, Stephen F. Austin, Texas-Pan American, Tyler Junior College and Western Texas College.
The tree-lined par-71 course measures 6,067 yards from the women’s tees.
The men’s participants include Abilene Christian, Incarnate Word, Murray State, Oral Roberts, Stephen F. Austin, Tyler Junior College, Western Texas College and the host Bearkats while members of the Houston, Baylor and Arizona State squads will play as individual medalist entries only.
The men’s layout also has a par-71 and will be 6,943 yards long.
SHSU is coming off a win at Kansas State, where junior transfer Zach Cabra took home individual medalist honors.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun and they’ve got the course in pretty good shape,” Zach Cabra said. “It’s going to be a good battle for us and we definitely have home field advantage. I really hope we can win this and go for two in a row as a team.”
Play begins Monday with an 8 a.m. shot gun start. The 54-hole tournament will feature 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday.