Second Annual Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course kicks off spring season

Second Annual Newberry Invitational at The Ocean Course kicks off spring season
Sunday, February 21, 2016 | by Josh Manck, Assistant AD for Athletic Communications

KIAWAH ISLAND - The Newberry College men's golf team will host the Second Annual Newberry College Invitational at The Ocean Course this Monday and Tuesday.

The Wolves and 12 other Division II teams will meet at The Ocean Course for 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes Tuesday. Joining Newberry in the tournament are Catawba, Emmanuel, Erskine, Georgia Southwestern, Hillsdale (Mich.), King (Tenn.), Lenoir-Rhyne, Mars Hill, Montevallo, Mount Olive, North Greenville and Southern Wesleyan.

The tournament will see new champions in both the team and individual races. In the 2015 event, Limestone was the team champion with a 54-hole score of 913 and Mount Olive's Sebastian Andersen won the individual title with a 218. Limestone is not in the event this year and Andersen has graduated.

The field has a variety of teams through the GolfStat comparative rankings, led by Georgia Southwestern at No. 18 and Mount Olive at No. 25. Newberry is ranked 63rd.

The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort hosted the 2007 Senior PGA and the 2012 PGA Championships. It will also host the 2021 PGA. The Ocean Course is the fourth course to have hosted each of the PGA of America's major championships.

Probably no other golf course in the world outside of the United Kingdom and Ireland is affected as much by the wind. From one round to the next, a player can experience up to an 8-club difference on holes depending upon the direction and strength of the wind. Built in 1991 by Pete Dye, there are no prevailing winds on the course. Dye took this into account when designing the course. In fact, he designed two courses into one – one for an easterly wind and one for a westerly wind.

The Ocean Course gained instant notoriety as the host of the dramatic "War by the Shore," a battle decided literally by the final putt of Sunday’s final match in 1991’s Ryder Cup Matches. In 1997, The Ocean Course hosted the World Cup of Golf, with the world’s finest golfers from 32 countries competing in the stroke play tournament. The inaugural UBS Cup took place on the course in 2001, and in 2003 the course hosted the World Golf Championships World Cup. The PGA Professional National Championship was played in June 2005.