Golf: Seventh-ranked Panthers open spring season with Callaway Collegiate Invitational

The LaGrange golf team opens the Spring portion of their 2013-14 season at the Callaway Collegiate Invitational this Saturday and Sunday in Pine Mountain, Ga. The tournament will be played at the Callaway Gardens Resort's Mountain View course.

The tournament field features many of the top Division teams from around the country. The Panthers are one of six USA South teams playing. Joining the Panthers are: Averett, Huntingdon, Maryville, No. 11 Methodist and Piedmont. Also in the tournament is fourth-ranked Oglethorpe and 17th-ranked Berry.

The Panthers are coming off a successful fall campaign. They won the Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall Invitational; were second at the Golfweeek Fall Invitational and had top10 finishes at two tournaments.

In the latest Golf World/Nike Division III College Coaches' poll, the Panthers are ranked seventh. They received one of the 17 first place votes cast. has the Panthers number six in its rankings.

Freshman Osborn Theam won the Royal Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall Invitational and was twice the USA South Rookie of the Week and also was named the Player of the Week once. He is ranked 14th in the Division III player rankings.