TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – No. 14 Florida State Men’s Golf is gearing up for the first Folds of Honor Collegiate starting Monday, a tournament dedicated to the families of fallen or disabled military and first responders. The three-day tournament takes place on a course specially designed by Jack Nicklaus at the American Dunes Golf Club in Grand Haven, Michigan.
“There are many things in life that are more important than golf,” said FSU redshirt junior Cole Anderson. “The fact that we can go and play in a tournament to play and compete and show our respect to the people who allow us to compete…We live in a country where we can pursue our dreams and do what we see fit. Without them, this That’s not the case. For us, being able to play in this event is something special and it’s something that we don’t take for granted.
The inaugural tournament includes 18 schools: Air Force, Arizona, Army, Central Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Grand Valley State, Illinois, Kansas, Liberty, Michigan State, Navy, NC State, Oregon State, Texas Southern, UCLA , and Virginia Union.
Each year the tournament will feature two HBCU programs. This reflects the 41% of Folds of Honor recipients who are minorities and the partnership between the GCAA and the Black Golf Coaches Association of America to help expand opportunities for HBCU and black college golf.
The American Dunes Golf Club is a tribute to the military and is a dune-like course that measures 7,213 yards at a par 72.
Florida State traveled Michael Mays, Luke Clanton, Brett Roberts, Gray Albright and Anderson for the tournament. Mays kicks off Monday with a tee time of 11:15 a.m.
Anderson was scorching for Florida State in its two fall tournaments, finishing second at the season-opening Maui Jim Intercollegiate and sixth at Olympia Fields. His final lap was a 64 which tied for the lowest lap at the Olympia Fields Invitational.
FSU head coach Trey Jones spoke of the honor of playing in such a prestigious tournament, which offers a certain familiarity on a Jack Nicklaus-designed course like the Seminole Legacy Club.
“We’re just honored to be a part of it,” said FSU head coach Trey Jones. “(It’s great) to be able to help and give back to different parties, whether it’s veterans or first responders.”
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