Some of the best collegiate golfers in America are in town this week, all doing what any college athlete does. Trying to become the best.
“it’s an incredible feeling, I have to admit. To be able to play this course all year and come out here and be able to show these guys what we’ve been working on to perform in front of everybody, it’s really cool.” says Shad Tuten, Pirates Senior and Two time all Peach Belt Conference player.
The Armstrong Pirates are hosting the NCAA Division 2 Golf Southeast Regional. You know, kinda like march madness only its in May and a lot less maddening. “We feel like we have a veteran team. And that’s what’s been really good about this year’s team.” says head coach Michael Butler.
The competition on the course is pretty hot. 20 schools have been invited to play here at Savannah Quarters. Only the top seven advance. In the field, defending national champion Barry University, so it’s easy to see getting through this field will be no gimmie.
“The chemistry, they’ve gotten along really well. They’ve really gelled together. They won a tournament in the Fall. They really believe that they could play really well.” says Butler
Still it’s a big deal to even have this tournament here in Savannah. Definitely a nice reward for the entire Armstrong family.
“What this shows to players is the commitment by the administration to golf.” Butler says.
“I would feel more pressure if I wasn’t at my home track, to be honest with you. I mean just the support and everybody around here. It’s like you’re coming home to Savannah” says Tuten.
The tournament continues through Wednesday at Savannah Quarters in Pooler and is open to the public.