Oct. 14, 2011
CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina men's golf team will play in the 15th annual Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northwestern University at Evanston Golf Club Oct. 16-17.
The 17-team field features several of the nation's top collegiate programs and golfers. In addition to Northwestern, Golfweek's preseason No. 2 team UCLA and sophomore Bruin Patrick Cantlay -- the world's No. 1 ranked amateur player -- are in the field along with Golfweek's current No. 3 team Arkansas. Big Ten schools Indiana, Michigan (which won last year's Windon Memorial Classic), Penn State and Purdue will compete in the tournament while Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Harvard, Idaho, Loyola (Chicago), Marquette, Marshall and Pepperdine round out the field.
Teams will play 36 holes Sunday, Oct. 16, with a shotgun start in the morning. The final round on Monday, Oct. 17, will feature a tee-time start off both the front and back nines. Evanston Golf Club will play to a par-70, 6,793-yard layout for the tournament.
Evanston Golf Club is playing host to the Windon for the first time. Long a supporter of NU golf, Evanston hosted the 2008 Northwestern women's event, the Windy City Collegiate Classic. Evanston Golf Club is a par-70 Donald Ross design opened in 1917 and restored by Donald Ross' restoration expert Ron Pritchard in 2006. NU alum and current World No. 1 Luke Donald holds the current Evanston Golf Club course record of 63 on the redesigned tract.
Soderberg is making his second appearance at the Windon, tying for 10th last season. After an opening-round 73, he finished 71-70 for a one-over par 214. Winegardner will be playing in his third Windon Memorial. Both Soderberg and Winegardner have played six rounds this season, with each posting rounds of par or better three times.
Valasek, Wheeler and Dorn will all be competing in their second collegiate event of their young careers. In Coastal's last event, Valasek shook off an opening round 76 to finish in a tie for 24th with a nine-over par 225. Wheeler and Dorn both competed in Coastal's first event of the season. Wheeler began his career with rounds of 77-76, but rallied to shoot a one-under 71 in his final round and finish with an eight-over 224. Dorn began his collegiate career with a round of 71, but finished with rounds of 79-78.