Golf to Host Hal Sutton Intercollegiate
Saturday, March 26, 2011
SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's and women's golf teams will host its annual Hal Sutton Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday at the Golf Club at Stonebridge in Bossier City, La. Shot gun start is set for 8:30 am both days.

The Ladies and Gents will take the course and join eight other men's teams and five other women's teams on the par-72 course. The course will play 6,889 yards for the men and 6,010 for the women.

In years past, the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate has only served as a men's tournament, but head coach Emlyn Aubrey decided to increase the field and turn it into both a men's and women's tournament.

"The last few years have been lean as far as participants when we have had each team host their own tournament. We took a chance with combining them and it paid off with a full field. It will be nice to have a stuffed golf course full of college golfers," said Aubrey.

The tournament field consists of:

Centenary, UNO, Arkansas-Monticello, McNeese State, North Dakota, SFA, Oklahoma City Univ., Tyler Junior College and Texarkana College

Centenary, SFA, Sam Houston State, Tyler Junior College, Christian Brothers Univ., and Texarkana College

"Even though we have a diverse group as far as divisions, all are decent squads and we have our work cut out for us in order to challenge for a victory. Home course advantage is always helpful though," said Aubrey.

Taking the course for the Gents will be seniors Greg Berthelot, Cannon Earp, Ryan Sparks, sophomore Jay Frazier, along with newcomer Kyle Mehnert. Berthelot currently paces the team in scoring average with a team-best 74.23 through 13 rounds. He ranks 12th in Summit League standings. His best finish came in a tie for fourth at Delta State's Invitational when he fired a 70 and 69, a season-low. Earp is coming off a Summit League Co-Golfer of the Week nod, when he tied for fifth at Henderson State's Invitational, shooting a career-low 70 in the final round. Earp's stroke average is 79.31 through 13 rounds. Sparks is second-best on the team with a 77.85 average with a low round of 70. Frazier rounds out the consistent four with an 81.77 average in 13 rounds. Joining the team for the first time is Mehnert.

The Ladies will continue to go with the five who have competed in every event this year: sophomores Kyndal Rose, Justine Kemp, Rachel Grinnell and freshmen Sarah Bradshaw and Kylee Goldthorn. Rose leads the team with an 81.50 stroke average through 16 rounds. She ranks 28th in Summit League standings and has recorded a season-low 74 at North Texas. Kemp is second-best with an 85.88, while Grinnell follows with an 86.81, both with 16 rounds under their belts this season. Bradshaw is averaging 88.19, while Goldthorn is at 94.63.

"We have definitely had our share of adversity this season so I just want them to relax and enjoy some competition in familiar surroundings. If they can do that this week and maybe gain some confidence along the way, it will pave the way to a strong finish at Conference," said Aubrey.

Following the Hal Sutton Intercollegiate, the Gents will travel to LSU on Saturday, April 2.