Dalton State Golf Heads To Florida

Friday, September 20, 2013 - by Bob Beavers

The Dalton State golf team heads to Florida on Saturday for competition in the 20th Annual Webber International Golf Invitational, sponsored by Webber International University of Babson Park, Fla.

Roadrunner coach Ben Rickett sees the trip as an opportunity to get back in the saddle and learn from opening week mistakes.

“I am excited about getting back on the road,” said Rickett. “Last week was a great learning experience for us as individuals and as a team. We have another challenge ahead of us this week and I am looking forward to seeing how the guys respond.”

The 10-team tournament will be held at the 90-year-old Lake Wales Country Club course in Lake Wales, Fla. The 18-hole, 6,504 yard course was designed by famed golf course architect Donald Ross.

“Hard par and easy bogey,” is how the course website describes play. The course is said to offer “classic golf and outstanding conditioning that present a challenge to players of all levels”

Webber International golf coach Nancy Nichols says a practice round is scheduled for Sunday. The two-day, 54-hole tournament begins with two rounds on Monday. A third 18-hole round will be held on Tuesday.  A shotgun start each day will be at 8:00 a.m.

Nichols said the field includes Dalton State (NAIA), the hosts from Webber International (NAIA), Ava Maria University (NAIA), Eastern Florida State College (NJCCA), Embry Riddle University (NAIA), Johnson & Wales (NAIA), Northwood University (NAIA), Palm Beach Atlantic (NCAA 3), Southeastern University (NAIA), and Warner University (NAIA).

In addition to the team play, Webber International will have 27 men who will only be playing for individual honors.  Johnson & Wales and Warner will each have five and Ava Maria University will have one.

Lakes Wales Country Club was owned by Ben Hill, Inc. until earlier this year.  Ben Hill, Jr., the namesake of the University of Florida’s football stadium, was a caddy at the course while in high school.  The family business bought the institution in the 1980s.

Lake Wales is a small community of just over 10 thousand people that is part of the Lakeland–Winter Haven geographical area (south of Orlando and east of Tampa).

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