April 11, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -
Lafayette will host the 10th Annual Lafayette Spring Invitational on April 15-16 at Northampton Country Club, the Leopards’ home practice and competition venue.
The 15-team field includes Bucknell, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hofstra, Iona, Lafayette (Maroon), Lafayette (White), LaSalle, Lehigh, Manhattan, Monmouth, Muhlenberg, Niagara, Siena, St. Francis (Pa.) and St. Peter’s.
The event will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. on Sunday. On Monday, participants will tee off holes from holes No. 1 and 10 at 9 a.m., according to their finishing tallies on Sunday.
Northamtpon Country Club is a par-72, 6,542-yard course from the back tees that was established in 1899. The course was designed by golf course architect Robert White, a contemporary of Donald Ross, A. W. Tillinghast and Dr. Alister Mackenzie. White was the first President of the PGA of America and instrumental in the formation of the American Society of Golf Course Architects and is one of the Charter Members of the Society. The style of course design is befitting of the Classic era.
“We’re excited to be hosting the event for the first time at Northampton,” said Lafayette golf coach Jim Hutnik. “We’d like to thank the club membership and course management for working with us to hold the event at Northampton Country Club.”
Previously, the Lafayette Invitational was held at Center Valley Golf Club. In 2011, Iona won the team title, finishing six strokes ahead of Lafayette. Current Lafayette senior Carter Rufe shot a four-under par 140 to secure medalist honors in that tournament. Lafayette managed a third-place finish at its own invitational in 2010, the same season in which the Leopards claimed their first-ever Patriot League title. Senior Rob Roberston was the conference championship medalist.