Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational to Debut in September
June 4, 2018

By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMGolf)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Old Town Club and Wake Forest men's golf announced Monday (June 4) the creation of the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational, a new collegiate tournament that will debut this fall. The inaugural edition of the tournament will be held at the club September 24-25 with a 12-team field.

Old Town Club, located next door to the Wake Forest campus in Winston-Salem, is ranked as one of the top 25 classic courses in the United States by Golfweek magazine, No. 59 in the United States in GOLF magazine and No. 76 in the world in the "Top 100 Golf Courses" publication. The club has not hosted a collegiate stroke play event since the 1962 ACC Championship, the final of six times it hosted that event. The longtime home course of the Wake Forest golf teams, Old Town's 1939 Perry Maxwell design underwent a 2013 restoration by world-renowned architects Bill Coore (Wake Forest `68) and Ben Crenshaw.

"On behalf of the club, we're really excited about renewing our tournament traditions with Wake Forest golf," said Old Town golf chairman Dunlop White. "We feel that our restored golf course will provide a strong test for many of the finest collegiate players in the country just as it did when Mr. Palmer won two conference titles here six decades ago. It was Mr. Palmer's masterful play here at Old Town that helped forge the early bonds between us, so it made sense for us to come together to try to make this thing succeed again in a big way. It will be a special occasion not only for Old Town and Wake Forest, given our rich golf traditions, but also for the Winston-Salem community."

The tournament will mark the first time in 40 years that Wake Forest has hosted a regular season event in the Winston-Salem area. The last home event for the program was the 1978 Deacon Invitational, held at Bermuda Run Country Club. Wake Forest also hosted the 1979 and 1986 NCAA Championships at Bermuda Run.



"Thank you to Old Town for allowing us to have this event at the club," said Wake Forest head coach Jerry Haas. "It is a tremendous golf club with wonderful membership and is a championship golf course for sure. This tournament will finally allow our fans in Winston-Salem, along with the Wake Forest community, to come and support us as we compete at the highest level. It has been a long time since we were able to play a local tournament where our team could feed off the support of the crowd. We are hopeful that the community will rally behind this event and help us develop it into annually one of the best collegiate tournaments of the year."

Joining the Demon Deacons in the inaugural field are East Carolina, East Tennessee State, Louisville, Loyola (Md.), Maryland, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Yale.