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Golf Season Begins in Minnesota

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (Sept. 10, 2021) – The West Virginia University golf team will embark on its 2021-22 slate starting at The Gopher Invitational, hosted by Minnesota, on Sunday and Monday at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minnesota.

Golfers will hit the links in tee times starting at 8:15 a.m. ET and will play 36 holes on Sunday with the final 18 set for tee times on Monday. Windsong Farm is a par-71 course playing at 7,359 yards.

It marks the Mountaineers’ second appearance at the event. WVU finished fifth at the invitational in 2019. Joining West Virginia and host Minnesota this year will be Arkansas State, Furman, Georgia Southern, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kent State, Marquette, Miami University, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Rutgers.

“The first time we stepped foot out there I fell in love with the place instantly,” coach Sean Covich said. “This is a great golf course, and the weather is usually pretty good. The golf course is very challenging but also very fair. They do a great job hosting this tournament, and that’s why they attract some of the best teams in the country.”

West Virginia will be led by fifth-year seniors Mark Goetz and Logan Perkins at the No. 1 and No. 4 spots, respectively. Junior Trent Tipton will be in the No. 2 spot, while senior Kurtis Grant will be at No. 3 and sophomore Jackson Davenport will play at No. 5.

Additionally, sophomores Olivier Ménard and Will Stakel, along with freshmen Todd Duncan and Max Green, will compete as individuals at the Minnesota Golf Classic at the par-72, 6,953-yard Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain, Minnesota. This group will play 18 holes on Saturday afternoon and 36 holes on Sunday.

“We’ve had nine competitive rounds of practice since we returned in August to determine our lineup for Minnesota,” Covich added. “The guys have been playing awesome. This year, we have nine healthy guys with eight of them shooting even par or better in qualifying. We’re excited and ready to see what this team is capable of in the first of many tournaments.”

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