Newberry to host Second Annual Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course

Newberry to host Second Annual Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course
Thursday, April 23, 2015 | by Chas Goodwin, Athletic Communications Assistant

KIAWAH ISLAND – One of golf’s most storied courses will again welcome some of Division II’s finest teams, as The Ocean Course at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort will host the Second Annual Newberry College Invitational on February 21-23, 2016.

Newberry College director of golf Howard Vroon will send out invitations for the 18-team, 54-hole event to Division II’s most prestigious golf programs.

“The Newberry College men’s golf program could not be more pleased to be hosting the Second Annual Newberry College Invitational at The Ocean Course again this year,” Vroon said. “We are very grateful to our friends at Kiawah Island Resorts for their help in making this happen. The inaugural event was a great experience for everyone involved and with a venue as special as The Ocean Course, this second annual event can’t help but be outstanding as well. We look forward to it with great anticipation.”

Newberry hosted the inaugural event from February 16-17 and had an outstanding turnout. The three rounds proved to be as challenging as advertised, with each round having different wind and weather elements in play. Each team got their own experience at The Ocean Course and each person involved left with stories from the historic venue.

The Ocean Course has hosted major golf tournaments including the Ryder Cup in 1991, the World Cup in 1997 and 2003 and, most recently, the PGA Championship in 2012. It was also home to the PGA Club Professional Championship in 2005 and the Senior PGA Championship in 2007.

The most famous course at Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course opened in 1991 and was designed by Pete and Alice Dye. The course was designed so that players have a view of the Atlantic Ocean shoreline, but are also exposed to the strong and ever changing winds in the area.

The Ocean course has been consistently named as on the best courses in the world by several publications such as Golf Digest and Golf Magazine, as well as being named a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” by Audubon International.

The Ocean Course was named the top course in the state of South Carolina, the No. 3 public golf course in America, the No. 20 golf course in the United States and the No. 60 golf course in the world by Golf Digest magazine for this year. It has been ranked in the top 100 since 1997 and was also dubbed Golf Digest’s toughest course in America in 2012.