Isleworth Collegiate Invitational changes name, site
Friday, August 29, 2014
The Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, one of college golf's top events, has undergone a bit of reconstruction.
Tavistock Group, the parent company of Isleworth Golf and Country Club, has renamed the event to the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational and moved it across town in Orlando, Fla., to Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. The tournament, which was held at Isleworth Golf and Country Club for 10 years, will be played Oct. 19-21. In future years, it will be rotated between Isleworth and Lake Nona.
This year’s field: Arkansas, Baylor, California, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, GRU-Augusta, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas Tech, Central Florida, North Florida, UNLV and Vanderbilt.
"That will be one of our strongest fields top to bottom where we'll be able to find out how good we are,” Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands said of the tournament, which is co-hosted by UCF and Texas Tech.
“To showcase Orlando golf, Florida golf, and get some of the best teams around the country together, it puts UCF, the Tavistock Group and Texas Tech on the map every year,” UCF head coach Bryce Wallor said.
Lake Nona, which stretches 7,215 yards and plays at a par of 72 from its championship tees, hosted the 1990 Solheim Cup, four Tavistock Cups and the 2010 USGA Senior Amateur Championship, among other events. It is undergoing renovations and will be reopened to members in mid-September, leveling the playing field for the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational with a new look.
“It’s a long golf course. It’s got great bunkering. Positioning off the tee is really key, and the finishing holes are picturesque,” Wallor said. “It give you everything you want in a venue.”
Isleworth will be in the public eye when it hosts the Tiger Woods Foundation’s World Challenge on Dec. 4-7. The World Challenge, the first event Woods plans to play after taking a hiatus from competitive golf to rest his injured back, comes to Orlando after being held at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for 15 years.