JONESBORO, Ark. (3/31/18) – The Wayne Wolfe Collegiate-Amateur was played Saturday at RidgePointe Country Club as part of the 22nd annual Arkansas State Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate golf tournament, which will include 13 teams from 10 different states and officially begin play Monday, April 2.
This is the first year the tournament will be played as the Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate after previously being known as the Red Wolves Intercollegiate. It was renamed in honor of Barnett, who, along with the late Wayne Wolfe, was instrumental in starting the annual tournament in 1997.
Barnett, a long-time supporter of Arkansas State golf and junior golf programs, has served on the tournament committee since its creation and acts as the tournament’s director. It was fitting that in the tournament’s first year bearing his name, Barnett and Lee Brun won the 10th annual Wayne Wolfe College-Am championship.
The duo played alongside Oral Roberts’ players Grayson Jones and Cody Burrows and shot a single-round 60. Local amateurs from the tournament’s major sponsors were paired with different student-athletes from the competing teams. Today’s sponsors who were the top finishers were recognized and received awards at a tournament banquet honoring Wolfe.
Included among the teams making up this year’s Arkansas State Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate are Arkansas State, Austin Peay State, Belmont, Eastern Illinois, Florida Atlantic, Omaha, Oral Roberts, Missouri State, Samford, Southeastern Louisiana, Southern Illinois, UT Arlington and UT Martin. They will all take part in a practice round Sunday.
The two-day tournament will officially begin the following day at 8:00 a.m. at RidgePointe Country Club with the first round. The second round will immediately follow the first on Monday, and the third round is set to begin at 8:00 a.m. Tuesday.
Arkansas State owns seven Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate championships, including last season when its two five-man squads participating finished first and runner-up. Sophomore Matt Cole, one of five A-State players who have won the tournament all-time, will look to defend his individual title from a year ago.
The Red Wolves, ranked No. 63 in the nation, will be playing their ninth tournament of the season. The squad is coming off a runner-up finish at the Lone Star Invitational, where it defeated four top-100 nationally-ranked teams that included No. 35 Kansas.
Arkansas State will use “A” and “B” teams at the tournament. Live scoring will be used throughout all three rounds and can be viewed on GolfStat.com. Tournament results will also be posted on AStateRedWolves.com, the official web site of A-State Athletics.