PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – The Fighting Illini men’s golf team – ranked No. 18 in the latest GCAA Coaches Top-25 – closes out its fall schedule as part of an elite field competing in a Ryder-Cup style format, Monday and Tuesday, at the Cypress Point Classic.
The Cypress Point Classic will be hosted by Stanford University at the famed Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif. Annually rated as one of the top three courses in the U.S., Cypress Point offers the Illini golfers a unique opportunity to play one of the world’s most revered tracks, expertly laid out along the coastline of California’s Monterey Peninsula. The Par-72 course spans 6,524 yards.
A Ryder Cup-style tournament, the Cypress Point Classic will feature eight participating team, seeded based on national ranking, in three rounds of head-to-head competition. Six golfers will compete for each team. One point per match will be awarded for a win. A tie will result in a half point awarded to each team. The total number of holes won over the 18-hole match will settle team ties. Teams with the highest point total at the end of each round will advance in the bracket.
The event opens with a foursomes matches on Monday morning, followed by fourball matches on Monday afternoon. Tuesday, the event will conclude with singles matches. Tee times, off Holes 1 and 10, are set to begin each day of competition at 10 a.m. CT/8 a.m. PT.
The tournament field features eight of the nation’s top programs, seeded based on national ranking and matched up in the first round of the tournament bracket as follows: (1) Auburn vs. (8) Pepperdine, (2) Arizona State vs. (7) Stanford, (3) Tennessee vs. (6) Illinois, (4) Georgia Tech vs. (5) Texas.
ILLINI AT THE CYPRESS POINT CLASSIC
The Illini make their second straight appearance at the Cypress Point Classic, though no current members of the team have competed in the event which was last contested in 2019. The Illini finished fifth in 2019 as the No. 6 seed, falling to UCLA in Round 1 (fourball), before securing wins over Cal (foursomes) and Alabama (singles) in the consolation bracket.
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