I've decided to spend part of the day out at the University of Maryland to watch some of the best players on golf's Nationwide Tour.
It seems like there is more buzz about the tournament this year, now that it's been moved to College Park from nearby Woodmont, C.C.
Woodmont is a beautiful course, but this year the tournament has been able to leverage the relationship with the University and get some big names to promote it. Maryland basketball head coach Gary Williams, a noted golf fan, has been shuffling back and forth from his campus office. Under Armour CEO and Maryland grad Kevin Plank was also here.
There are definitely some recognizable names in the field, too. Even casual golf fans will have heard of Frank Lickliter, Kirk Triplett, Skip Kendall, Bob May and Jason Gore. I have some personal affection for Dicky Pride, who made big headlines when he won the St. Jude Classic in 1994 as a rookie playing as the third alternate into the field.
You can see the large "M" carved into the grass off the first tee.
Below is Jason Gore ready to tee off at Hole #1. Remember Jason Gore? He teed off in the final pairing with Retief Goosen at the 2005 U.S. Open, but faded in the final round.