The Stormy Petrels men's golf team will take part in one of the most prestigious tournaments in Division III golf Monday and Tuesday when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, for The Gordin Classic.
The tournament will consist of 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday. A practice round is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30.
Hosted by Ohio Wesleyan since 1991, the Gordin Classic annually matches 12 of the best NCAA Division III teams, featuring most — if not all — of the top 10 finishers from the previous spring's NCAA Division III championship tournament. Conceived as the opening tournament of the spring, the Gordin Classic moved to the fall in 1995 and was the final tournament of the calendar year for several years before moving to an earlier slot for the 2011-12 season.
This year, the Gordin Classic will be played north of the Mason-Dixon Line for the first time.
Columbus Country Club is the oldest golf club in Central Ohio. The Donald Ross-designed course was the site of the 1964 PGA Championship.
The Gordin Classic field includes seven of the top 10 teams in last spring's NCAA Division III tournament, headlined by defending national champion Oglethorpe, along with Transylvania, the 2012 NCAA Division III runner-up; and Methodist, which finished third in the nation last spring and is the defending Gordin Classic champion.
Wittenberg and St. John Fisher, which tied for seventh place nationally; Illinois Wesleyan, which finished ninth; and Huntingdon, last spring's 10th-place finisher, also will be competing.
Joining those teams will be a pair of teams that placed in the top 15 in last spring's NCAA Division III tournament in Greensboro and Christopher Newport, along with Emory, another NCAA Division III tournament team. Rounding out the field will be Guilford, which tied for second at the 2011 Gordin Classic at Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., and Ohio Wesleyan.
The tournament is named after longtime Ohio Wesleyan coach Dick Gordin. Gordin, who served as the Bishops' golf coach from 1955-93, guided 22 of his last 25 teams to the NCAA Division III or College Division tournaments, bringing home six top-5 finishes in his last eight years, including runner-up finishes in 1990 and 1993 and thirds in 1989 and 1991. Ohio Wesleyan won a total of 12 league titles in five different decades under Gordin. His teams won seven Ohio Athletic Conference championships and five North Coast Athletic Conference crowns. Gordin was named NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 1987 and 1993.