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Men’s Golf heads to Arizona to play in the National Golf Invitational

Men's Golf heads to Arizona to play in the National Golf Invitational

MARICOPA, Ariz. (May 18, 2023) The Washington State men’s golf team is slated to play in its second-ever postseason tournament this week, as the Cougars are set to participate in the inaugural National Golf Invitational presented by GOLFWEEK. Play begins this Friday, May 19, at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club and runs through Sunday, May 21.

Tournament Format

The 2023 Men’s National Golf Invitational will feature 13 college teams competing in a 54-hole stroke-play tournament May 18-21 with the winner receiving an exemption into the 2023 Maui Jim Intercollegiate at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona this September.

In May 2022, the NCAA announced it would allow schools to play in one season-ending event, similar to college basketball’s NIT. By July 2022, the inaugural National Golf Invitational was created in a partnership between Golfweek and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes with Golfweek’s Lance Ringler serving as the Invitational’s tournament director. A committee determined the invitation-only field using both the Golfweek/Sagarin and Golfstat rankings, while also considering teams who had strong regular seasons.

Course Information

The NGI will take place at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, a 7,330-yard, par 72 course located in Maricopa, Arizona. Teams will play in one 18-hole round per day starting this Friday, May 19. Each round of the National Golf Invitational will begin at 7:30 a.m. PT.  Washington State tee off the first round this Friday between 8:40-9:12 a.m. PT.

The Field

Teams set to play in the Men’s National Golf Invitational along with the Cougars will be Arkansas State, Stetson, Santa Clara, Wyoming, Troy, Oral Roberts, Texas State, Penn State, Ball State, Valparaiso, Utah Valley, and George Washington.

Washington State Lineup

1) Jaden Cantafio 2) Preston Bebich 3) Sam Renner 4) Drayton Joseph 5) Daniel Kim

Live Results

Fans can follow all of the action at the National Golf Invitational at

Last Time Out

The Washington State men’s golf team finished the 2023 Pac-12 Men’s Golf Championship in a tie for third place on the team leaderboard to post the best team finish at the Pac-12s in program history, as the Cougars end the Conference Championship by carding 5-under 1,395.

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