Akron, Ohio – The University of Akron men's golf team will return to action on Monday and Tuesday, March 6-7, for the Cleveland Golf Palmetto Intercollegiate hosted by South Carolina Aiken in Aiken, S.C.
The 54-hole event will be played at the Palmetto golf course, a par-70 course that spans 6,617 yards. The 18-team field includes host South Carolina Aiken, Akron, Augusta, Chattanooga, Charleston Southern, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Francis Marion, Furman, Georgia Southern, Liberty, Presbyterian, South Carolina, Temple, USC Upstate, Virginia, and Wofford.
The tournament will format will be a shotgun start for both days beginning at 8:30 a.m. Fans can follow the action with GolfStat Live Scoring.
The Zips' starting five includes, sophomore Elliott Grayson (Shelby, N.C.), junior George Baylis (Ascot, England), senior J.B. Williams (Danville, Ky.), senior Zach Gollwitzer (Ballwin, Mo.) and sophomore Jacob Appleby (North Canton, Ohio).
Akron is scheduled to start the event at holes 11-15, teeing off at 8:30 a.m., with coninous play through 36 holes.
Last season, South Carolina claimed its second-straight team title at the Cleveland Palmetto Intercollegiate with a 19-under par 54-hole total of 839 strokes. South Carolina's Matthew NeSmith earned medalist honors with a 7-under 203, firing rounds of 67 (-3), 67 (-3), and 69 (-1).
Akron finished 14th overall. The Zips fired a final round 294 (+14) for an 885 (+45) 54-hole total. Baylis led the Zips with scores of 74 (+4), 73 (+3), and 72 (+2) to finish 32nd overall with 219 strokes. Grayson was 41st place, finishing with a 221 stroke total and rounds of 70 (E), 78 (+8), and 73 (+3). Williams posted scores of 72 (+2), 80 (+10), and 75 (+5) for a 227 finish.
In the last six years, Alabama, Clemson (twice), Augusta and South Carolina (twice) have claimed team championships.
The Zips are coming off a fifth place finish at the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate. Last week, Williams led Akron's scoring, finishing in the Top 10 with a 220 (+4) three-round total with rounds of 71 (-1), 73 (+1), and 76 (+4). Baylis climbed 30 spots on the leaderboard with a 3-under par 69 final round to finish 15th overall – 79 (+7), 74 (+2), 69 (-3) - 222 (+6). Gollwitzer and Grayson completed the event in 29th and 39th, respectively. Gollwitzer shot a 226 (+10) and Grayson turned in a 228 (+12) performance.