February 3, 2023

tournaments to watch

The Aggies prepare for the championship season with six tournaments. They head west for the first three and east for the next two before hosting the finals at Traditions Club.

“I really like our schedule and how it’s spread out,” Kortan said. “There’s a nice variety of challenges, both in terms of courses and competition.”

The Aggies will travel to the Arizona Intercollegiate (Tucson, Arizona) on January 30-31, the John A. Burns Intercollegiate (Lihue, Hawaii) on February 16-18, and the Southern Highlands Collegiate (Las Vegas) on February 26 . -28

The last time Texas A&M played at the Arizona Intercollegiate, it placed fourth at Sawailo Golf Course in 2019. The Aggies finished second in 2018 and fourth in 2017.

“Tucson is a good place to start,” Kortan said. “Hopefully we can get good weather down there and warm up the boys for the season.”

They placed fifth out of 18 at last year’s Burns Intercollegiate, with Bennett and Rodrigues finishing second and fourth. Texas A&M won the February 2020 Burns, highlighted by Bennett’s third place finish.

“Hawai’i is a great team trip,” said Kortan. “We’ve had a lot of success there and that’s usually the start of our spring as we see ourselves. It gives us some confidence and lays the groundwork for where we can go.”

Last year’s Southern Highlands Collegiate featured seven top-25 squads, including three top-10 teams. The 2023 field is expected to be just as impressive.

“Southern Highlands has a tremendous field and it will be a good test for us,” said Kortan. “We’ll see how we hold our own against some of the best teams in the country. As for the fields, spring will probably be the best.”

The Aggies and Bennett aim to defend their respective titles at the Louisiana Classics on March 13th and 14th at Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette.

“We have a great trip in Lafayette,” Kortan said. “We’ll see some Aggies over there, have a great time and get some crawfish. The boys get a tournament on a course that can produce good results, so it’s a good test and a good field. It’s fun to go there. They host a great event and are very hospitable.”

The Aggies travel to Palm City, Fla. for one of the nation’s most prestigious events, the Valspar Collegiate Invitational at the Floridian National Golf Club on March 27-28. Last year’s field included seven top-25 teams, including four top-10 teams.

“The Floridian is another event that we look forward to every year because the golf course is just amazing,” said Kortan. “We’re fortunate to play great courses, but Florida is one that we’re really looking forward to and it’s going to be a great course. The team circles the date on their calendar every year because they look forward to playing Florida.”

The regular season concludes on April 10th and 11th in the friendly atmosphere of Traditions Club at the Aggie Invitational. Last season, the Aggies won the team title while Walker Lee became a medalist. Bennett and Evan Myers both finished in the top 10.

“The tournament that sets us up for the postseason is the Aggie Invitational,” Kortan said. “We like to defend our home stadium and play here in front of family and friends. That really seals the regular season. We put on a good tournament which sets us up for the postseason and gives some momentum to this part of our year.”

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