Kentucky Returns To Action at Bulls Bay
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Coming off the best tournament score of the Brian Craig era, the Kentucky men’s golf team will head to Awendaw, S.C., for its 12th appearance in the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. The three-day, 54-hole event will begin on Sunday and conclude on Tuesday, marking the last regular-season tournament for the Wildcats before they head to the Southeastern Conference Championships. The tournament is a par-72 consisting of 7,363 yards.
What Head Coach Brian Craig is Saying:
"The Hootie is one of our favorite tournaments of the year. The golf course, Bulls Bay, is exceptional. The culture of this tournament is like none other. You really learn to play on this golf course. There are some different kinds of shots you have to hit and you're usually battling some windy conditions. I love the direction this team is going and we look forward to competing against this field this weekend."
About the Lineup:
The starting lineup will feature senior David Snyder, junior Stephen Stallings, sophomores Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel and Cooper Musselman, and freshman Lukas Euler.
The Wildcats are looking to replicate their successes at the Schenkel Invitational where they carded the best tournament score in the Craig era, tying for third place with both Stallings and Musselman finishing in the top-15, individually.
During the 2015-16 season, McDaniel leads the team with 15 par or better rounds. He charted three of those rounds at the Schenkel, scoring an eagle on the par-five No. 12, and finished the tournament with a tie for 34th. The sophomore was successful last year at Bulls Bay, finishing in ninth place on the individual leaderboard.
Snyder returns to Bulls Bay for his senior season after an impressive fourth-place finish in last year’s tournament. The Somerset, Ky., native carded a season-low 4-under par, 68 at the Schenkel, leading the Wildcats on the final day of the tournament and tying for 21st individually.
Stallings also shined at the Schenkel, charting a career-low round of 65 on day two and earning a tie for 15th on the individual leaderboard. The junior has finished in the top 20 in four tournaments so far this season.
Musselman has led the Wildcats on the individual leaderboard in each of the last two tournaments. Finishing in 10th place overall at the Schenkel, he was under par all three rounds, wrapping up the tournament with an 8-under score. The sophomore started last season at Hootie at Bulls Bay, finishing in a tie for 43rd.
In his first team start of the spring campaign, Euler returns to the course after competing as an individual at the Schenkel. The freshman had a successful fall campaign, helping the Wildcats to a third place finish at The Ocean Course tournament with a tie for 11th on the individual leaderboard.
The Tournament Field:
The impressive tournament field includes Akron, No. 8 Auburn, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, No. 20 Duke, Kansas, North Carolina State, Troy, Maryland, Missouri, No. 16 South Carolina, Wisconsin, No. 10 Wake Forest, and Wofford.
The 16th-ranked Gamecocks claimed the victory at the Hootie at Bulls Bay last season, with Auburn, College of Charleston, Duke, Wake Forrest, and Missouri all finishing in the top 10.
About the Course:
Bulls Bay Golf Club will be home to the Hootie Intercollegiate again this year. The picturesque course has played host to the Hootie Intercollegiate since its start in 2004. Kentucky returns to the tournament for the 12th consecutive season after finishing in a tie for 12th in 2015.
Players will tee off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday for the 54-hole event. Teams will be paired based on the results from the first two rounds and will play 18 holes every day, concluding on Tuesday. Fans can follow along with the action here.
Bulls Bay Golf Club
1 – Chip McDaniel
2 – Stephen Stallings
3 – Cooper Musselman
4 – David Snyder
5 –Lukas Euler
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