Line of women behind two embroidered golf bags.
Brenau's golf team poses for a photo with the team's two Folds of Honor bags. One bag honors Larry E. Smedley and the other honors Theron Hobbs. (AJ Reynolds/Brenau University)

More than 90 College Athletes to Compete at Golden Tigers Spring Invitational Golf Tournament

Mar 17, 2017
Brenau Staff

The Brenau University Golden Tigers golf team will host the third annual Golden Tigers Spring Invitational collegiate golf tournament Monday and Tuesday, March 20-21, at Chattahoochee Golf Club, 3000 Club Drive in Gainesville. The two-day, 36-hole tournament, which features more than 90 college athletes, begins at 9 a.m. both days. The event is free and open to the public.

This is the tournament’s second year at Chattahoochee Golf Club. The Brenau golf team plays four events in the fall and five in the spring, and it doesn’t have many opportunities to compete at home like the other 13 Golden Tigers sports teams, since its golf matches are usually played at other universities. The golf invitational was organized to give Brenau golfers an opportunity to host and play at home.

“Providing my team with an opportunity to compete at home is very important, especially to my players,” said Brenau head coach Damon Stancil. “As college golfers, we don’t have stands of fans to cheer us on, but playing at home does give the players’ family, Brenau friends, sorority sisters and local supporters a chance to see them compete.”

The nine women’s teams competing are Brenau, Ave Maria University, Bryan College, College of Coastal Georgia, Freed-Hardeman University, University of Mobile, Reinhardt University, Southeastern University and Truett-McConnell College.

Seven men’s teams will compete as well: Bryan College, Freed-Hardeman University, Oglethorpe University, Reinhardt University, SCAD Savannah, Southeastern University and Truett-McConnell College.

Fifteen of the 16 participating teams compete in the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics, with Oglethorpe the lone representative from the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletics Conference.

The selection process for teams invited to the tournament begins with teams in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, which Brenau joined full-time effective for the 2017-18 season. In-state teams outside Brenau’s conference but still in the NAIA are also invited, and the invitation is also extended to any NCAA Division III and Division II school that would like to compete.

The 2017 Golden Tigers Spring Invitational is free and open to the public. For more information about the invitational and the Golden Tigers golf team, visit