Collegiate Challenge: Something college golf hasn't seen

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KINGSTON SPRINGS, Tenn. – The Dick’s Sporting Good Collegiate Challenge Cup is something college golf hasn’t seen before, however interesting enough to gauge the interest of five SEC and ACC teams for the inaugural event.

The Music City Bowl, put on by the Nashville Sports Council every year, is a football game between the two conferences every year. The existing relationship between the council, the conferences and ESPN sparked an idea at The Golf Club of Tennessee for a collegiate golf tournament.

• Preview the SEC and ACC teams in the Collegiate Challenge Cup here.

“Our mission is to bring sporting events to the city that have an impact,” said Scott Ramsey, President of Nashville Sports Council.

And after seven years of renovations at the club, The Golf Club of Tennessee wanted to see how some of the best collegiate players in the area would do on the new and improved Tom Fazio design.

With the Collegiate Challenge Cup underway, with five teams each from the ACC and SEC, there are two separate titles up for grabs this week.

First, a 54-hole stroke play competition is set for the next two days, with individual and team winners crowned. Sunday, usual SEC and ACC rivals will team up with one another to try and take down the other conference in a match-play tournament.

The teams will be seeded for match play based on their stroke-play results. For example, the best team within each conference will face off against each other in the first match, and so on down the standings, with five points up for grabs in each team-vs.-team match. To become the Challenge Cup-winning confererence, 12.5 points will be needed.

“Two events in one is the way were looking at it,” said Todd Heifner, General Manager of The Golf Club of Tennessee.

This is different than any other tournament the teams play in and week out, but something about ACC and SEC rivals teaming up, The Golf Club of Tennessee could be on to something.

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