The San José State men's golf team kicks off its spring season this week against a dynamite field at the 24th annual Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawai'i.
Nine top-25 teams and seven top-25 individuals in the country, including the Spartans' Cody Blick, will tee it up at the 7,074-yard Kings Course beginning Thursday at 7:30 a.m. HT.
The 36-hole event continues Friday with round two, and concludes with round three on Saturday. Joining the Spartans in the field are: #2-Oregon, #4-Texas, #7-UCLA, #13-Auburn, #14-Southern California, #16-Stanford, #18-Texas Tech, #19-Washington, #25-Arizona State, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, TCU, UC Davis, Colorado, Hawai'i-Hilo, Hawai'i-Manoa and Japan's Osaka Gakuin University.
"It's time to get started and find out what we can do," said Spartans' head coach John Kennaday. "We are starting in a great place and in one of the toughest fields I've seen. It is a tremendous opportunity for us."
Blick enters the spring season ranked 25th in the nation by GolfStat's final pole released at the end of fall play (11/18/14). During SJSU's fall season, Blick set a school record with a 10-under par 62 in the final round to capture co-medalist honors at the Price's Give `Em Five Invitational, and notched two other top-three finishes.
"Cody has a tremendous chance to improve even more given our tough schedule this season," Kennaday said. "Everybody on the team learned a lot this fall, and it will be interesting to see how fast these guys can learn from playing this spring."
Fans can follow all of the action at the Amer Ari Invitational through live updates provided by golfstat.com.