October 6, 2006
University of Florida wins tournament at Golden Horseshoe
The University of Florida has won the Golfweek/PING Preview tournament, with a total 834 for three rounds. 2006 NCAA Division I Championship winner Oklahoma State finished second with 838, and Texas A&M University was third with 839. Medalist for the event was Billy Horschel of Florida, who finished 7 under par with 203 for the tournament.
The Golfweek/PING Preview is held each fall at the site of the following spring’s NCAA Division I Championship. This year marked the 18th annual playing of the tournament, which was held at Colonial Williamsburg’s Golden Horseshoe Gold Course which will host the NCAA championship May 30 through June 2, 2007.
Daniel Summerhays of Brigham Young University had a good day at the tournament Wednesday. He established a new course record for an amateur with a score of 60, tying the NCAA record for a college player with a 10 under par. Summerhays shot a seven-under-par 28 on the back nine.
The Gold Course is a 6, 817-yard, par-71 course with a USGA slope rating of 144. This was the first time that a tournament was played from the back tees at par-70. Jack Nicklaus still holds the course record of 67 for a par-71 round for a professional, shot during an exhibition round in 1967.
“For the tournament, the NCAA shortened the second hole slightly and made it a long par-4, because with today’s clubs, these young men can drive the ball so far that the hole plays shorter than the indicated yardage,” said Glen Brynes, director of golf for the Golden Horseshoe.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. The Colonial Williamsburg Company, a subsidiary of the Foundation, operates more than 1,000 guest rooms, ten restaurants and 55,000 square feet of conference space in properties including the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, Woodlands Hotel & Suites, 26 individual Colonial Houses, four Historic Area dining taverns and The Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, site of the 2007 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Each purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the Foundation’s preservation, research, and educational programs. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.ColonialWilliamsburg.com or www.goldenhorseshoegolf.com.