Camels head to Chambers Bay for Redhawk invite

Chambers Bay GC
(Photography by Martin Miller)
Chambers Bay GC (Photography by Martin Miller)

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. – As Campbell continues to prepare for the Big South Conference Men's Golf tournament, the Fighting Camels will compete next week at the site of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.

Campbell will compete in the 18-team field at the SeattleU Redhawk Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.  The 54-hole event begins with two rounds Monday and the final round Tuesday.

For Monday's first and second rounds, the course will play to par 71 and 7223 yards; then will be adjusted to a par-70 layout over 7057 yards for the final 18 holes.

PGA Tour pro Jordan Spieth won the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay at 5-under par.  Campbell men's golf alum Brad Fritsch made the cut and tied for 46th at 8-over.

Coach John Crooks' lineup for the Redhawk Invitational includes senior Craig Hornberger, junior Thomas La Morte, sophomores Jesper Svensson and Ray Kraivixien and freshman Brett McLamb.

Hornberger is coming off his best finish of the season, a 5th-place tie at the Seahawk Invitational. He owns a 74.04 stroke average and a pair of top-10 individual finishes this season.

La Morte is eighth among Big South Conference stroke average leaders (72.77) and has four top-10 individual showings this year. Svensson is sixth in the league in scoring average (72.48) and has finished among the top five in his last two events – a tie for second at the Border Olympics and a fifth-place tie at the Seahawk Invitational.

Kraivixien is ninth in the league in scoring (72.85) with a pair of top-10s this year.  McLamb owns a 74.86 stroke average and produced his best finish of the year (T6th) at the Border Olympics.

As a team, the Camels stand third in the nation in par-3 scoring (3.11), according to Golfstat.  CU has made 413 birdies in 26 rounds, 28th in the country.

Ranked No.-62 nationally by Golfstat, Campbell will face six other top-100 teams next week at Chambers Bay, including No.-35 Northwestern, No. 44.-BYU, No.-53 Iowa State and No.-59 TCU.  Northwestern's Dylan Wu – ranked No.-28 in the country – is the top ranked individual in the field.

Live scoring will be available at BirdieFire.com.

About Chambers Bay Golf Course:

The design brief for Chambers Bay was simple yet formidable: Robert Trent Jones II was asked to create a world-class golf course, enjoyable for golfers of any skill level, yet capable of hosting major championships and events.

Built on the site of a former sand and gravel mine adjacent to Puget Sound, Chambers Bay gave the architects an ideal medium upon which to build a traditional links golf course. The extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains provide an environment where golfers enjoy not only world-class golf, but also a sense of visual nirvana.

Robert Trent Jones II and his team developed creative solutions to a number of design challenges presented by this monumental project. The land set aside for the golf course was degraded after a century of industrial usage but contained bold landforms shaped by wind and weather. The design team used these landforms as the scaffolding for the golf course design. They crafted a dramatic links landscape by clearing non-native vegetation and reworking the sand piles left from mining operations into massive dunes. They then routed the golf holes between, over, and around these dramatic features and planted the entire course in fescue, the grass found on traditional British links.

Much like the traditional links courses of Scotland, Robert Trent Jones II designed Chambers Bay to encourage the imaginative and creative shot-making that epitomizes links golf, particularly along the ground. There is no "line of play" around Chambers Bay, but rather an infinite number of strategies from tee to green that will get the player around the course successfully. Risk/reward opportunities abound, though wide fairways welcome all golfers to swing away.

Train tracks border the golf holes as they do at such beloved links courses as Prestwick and Royal Adelaide. And "ancient" ruins—from the site's mining era—are visible from a number of holes, as at several links courses in the British Isles. A public walking trail winds through the course, allowing walkers to form impromptu galleries, just as they do at St. Andrews. No housing mars the purity of the golf holes, and as Chambers Bay is a continuously turfed, walking-only venue, no cart paths intrude upon the natural look. 

SeattleU Redhawk Invitational
Chambers Bay / University Place, Wash.
Apr. 3-4, 2017 / Par 71, 7223 Yards (Monday); Par 70, 7057 Yards (Tuesday)

Format: (54 holes) 36 holes on Monday, Apr. 3 with 8:00 am (PDT) shotgun start; 18 holes on Tuesday, Apr. 4 with 8:00 am shotgun start.

Participating Schools (Golfstat rank): Alabama State (267), Arkansas-Little Rock (98), BYU (44), Campbell (62), DePaul (187), Grand Canyon (NR), Iowa State (53), Louisiana-Monroe (102), Loyola Marymount (113), Northwestern (35), Notre Dame (96), Ohio (178), Princeton (146), Sacred Heart (268), Santa Clara (132), Seattle (140), Stetson (216), TCU (59).