Make no mistake, we're in the heart of football season. Basketball is around the corner. But the Marquette University men's golf team and Erin Hills have teamed to host some of the nation's best collegiate golfers this weekend at the future U.S. Open site.
The Golden Eagles are the host program at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, which begins competition Sunday through Tuesday.
This is the first college tournament hosted by Erin Hills, which hosted the 2011 U.S. Amateur and is the site of the 2017 U.S. Open will present an incredible challenge to these players, which includes reigning U.S. Amateur champ Evan Fitzgerald of Northwestern University.
Now, this type of thing might not normally pop up on your sporting radar, or be something you think about going to, but if you love golf (and many of you do) it's worth making the trip.
1. You get to see Erin Hills in a championship setup after it's matured a bit. The course was stressed to the max just to host the U.S. Amateur, whereas now there have been two years of growth leading up to this.
2. Chances are, some of these players will be making names for themselves on the PGA Tour within the next two years, and maybe by the time the U.S. Open comes back in 2017.
3. You get an opportunity to support amateur golf. Now, these guys play a game we're unfamiliar with. They're given access to courses and equipment we aren't. But, they still are amateurs, and most won't be touring professionals. This is a great chance to see guys play for their schools, and for the love of the game.
The other thing I like most about this event is the initiative Erin Hills management is taking in giving up its course and preparing a championship for an amateur event. Also, I give them and Marquette University credit for bringing these warm weather programs to the Midwest. Too often our region is disparaged in terms of quality of golf, and the quality of golfers we produce.
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