Senior John Streibich
Sept. 29, 2006
CINCINNATI - The Xavier University men's golf team will host the 15th Annual Xavier Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at the Oasis Golf Club in Loveland. The 18-team field, which includes defending team champion Austin Peay, defending medalist John Streibich of Xavier and seven teams which advanced to the NCAA Regional last season, tees off at 8:30 a.m. ET both days.
The par-72, 6,921-yard Oasis course, which serves as the home to the Xavier men's golf team, is hosting the Invitational for the third consecutive year. Last season, Austin Peay and Xavier tied for low-team honors with an 843 score, but the Governors downed the hosts in a one-hole playoff. XU's Streibich was the individual medalist with a 202 (67-67-68) in 2005. Indiana won both the team and individual titles in 2004 in record-setting fashion. IU broke the tournament's 54-hole mark with an 834 while Jeff Overton's 192 set the tournament's individual 54-hole record.
The Xavier men's golf team, which began the season with a win at the Air Force Invitational, is currently 41st in Golf Week's NCAA national rankings. The Xavier Invitational boasts nine teams currently ranked 90th or better by Golf Week, including No. 3 Eastern Kentucky. Xavier's Jason Kokrak, who is ranked 45th, is among seven golfers playing in the tournament top be ranked in Golf Week's top 90 individual rankings.
This year's field: Akron, Austin Peay, Ball State, Bowling Green, Campbell, Davidson, Drake (2005 NCAA Regional), Eastern Kentucky (2005 NCAA Regional), Eastern Michigan (2005 NCAA Regional), Marquette, Marshall, Maryland (2005 NCAA Regional), Miami, Northern Illinois, New Orleans, Western Illinois (2005 NCAA Regional), Wichita State (2005 NCAA Regional), Xavier (2005 NCAA Regional).
The 54 holes of play begin Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Monday's format consists of 36 holes of stroke play, with the final 18 holes being contested on Tuesday.