Beginning this week, Jekyll Island will be teaming with host institution Oglethorpe University as collegiate golfers from across the nation flock to the 2012 Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational. Teams will begin arriving early next week to prepare for the tournament. In total there will be 54 teams and 280 competitors on the Pine Lakes and Indian Mound courses. There will also be about 30 individual competitors on the Oleander course bringing the total to 300 male and female collegians and almost 60 coaches.
"The Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational is currently the largest Division III tournament in the country, with the strongest and deepest field in the nation. We are thrilled to host players on such outstanding and well manicured courses with over seeded tee boxes and fairways," stated Tournament Director and Host Coach Jim Owen of Oglethorpe University. "It is no wonder there are thirty teams in the field and a dozen more waiting to get in the tournament in the future. We are looking forward to another great year."
The tournament is scheduled for three days of competition Friday, Saturday and Sunday and a total of 54 holes of stroke play. Trophies are awarded to the top four teams in both the men and women's team competition and the top ten individuals make up the "All-Tournament" team in both the women's and men's events. A low medalist trophy is awarded to the individual champion.
This year marks the 13th Annual Men's Collegiate on Jekyll and the 9th year for the Women's Collegiate. The first ten years of the Men's Collegiate were played exclusively on the Oleander Course.
Once again the field will be a deep one for the event with the men's side having 18 of the top 30 ranked schools in the country participating. Additionally, 85 of the top 150 men's golf individuals will be competing in the stout field.