Inaugural Redhawk Invitational Set to Start at Chambers Bay

The Seattle University men's golf team welcomes 17 other collegiate squads for the inaugural Redhawk Invitational, to be held April 6-8 at Chambers Bay, the site of the 2015 U.S. Open Championship.

Chambers Bay is a links-style course designed by Robert Trent Jones II located in University Place, Wash., minutes outside of Tacoma and just an hourís drive south of Seattle. The course opened in June 2007, hosted the 2010 United States Amateur Championship won by Peter Uihlein, and will welcome the best golfers in the world for the U.S. Open June 18-21, 2015. For the Redhawk Invitational, it will play to a par-70 measuring at 7,047 yards.

"The inaugural SU Redhawk Invitational is shaping up to be everything we dreamed it would be. We have many of the best teams in the country coming to the Pacific Northwest and a world class facility in Chambers Bay, the host course for the 2015 United States Open. I want to thank everyone for the wonderful support and we hope to see you out at the event cheering on the teams," Seattle U head coach Marc Chandonnet said.

UCLA (15th) and Washington (17th), currently ranked in the top 20 of the Golfstat rankings released April 2, headline a stellar 18-team field that will be competing next week. The other schools competing at the Redhawk Invitational include Arizona (81st), Arizona State (29th), Boise State (175th), Cal State Northridge (181st), Denver (139th), Long Beach State (117th), Nevada (93rd), North Carolina State (99th), Northern Colorado (140th), Northern Illinois (253rd), Oregon State (60th), Pepperdine (102nd), San Diego (72nd), Seton Hall (226th), St. John's (145th), and host Seattle U (204th).

The teams will play a practice round Sunday, April 6, at 1 p.m., and they be joined by several Special Olympians attending the tournament as guests. After the practice round, the coaches, players, and Special Olympians will be treated to a welcome dinner featuring guest speaker Andres Gonzales, a native of Olympia, Wash., who has played on the Canadian Tour, Tour, and PGA Tour.

The 54-hole tournament will begin with a shotgun start Monday, April 7, at 8:30 a.m., with the competitors playing 36 holes. The third and final round of the tournament will take place Tuesday, April 8, starting at 8 a.m. Spectators are welcome to watch some of the best golfers in the country play one of the top new courses in the nation.

Live scoring will be available by clicking on the Redhawk Invitational link on