NASHVILLE - Lipscomb men’s golf associate head coach Ben Pellicani will be spending the rest of the week in Maynooth, Ireland at the 2018 World Amateur Team Championship with the Haiti National Team.
In his fifth season with the Bisons, Pellicani has spent the last two years as the Executive Director of Player Development for the Golf Federation of Haiti. His job includes reviewing and analyzing video of each member of the team.
“This will be the first time I’ve been a part of leading the guys from a national team side after being part of their program for two years now,” Pellicani said. “We finally get to see how we perform on this world stage.”
The WATC field is made up of teams from 72 nations and they will be competing for the Eisenhower Trophy. The tournament is a four-day event from Sept. 5-8 and will be played at Carton House where the players will be tested on the world-famous O’Meara and Montgomerie courses.
Haiti’s squad consists of three players – Maurice Pasha Brandt, Roger Saint-Fort and Jean-Philippe Mehu. Play consists of 18 holes of stroke play each day.
“Though we probably won’t be in contention to win, for us, it’s a small step forward as we continue to grow as a federation,” Pellicani said. “The whole point of me helping their federation is there will be a young man or woman born in Haiti in the future that wants to play college golf because of what we do.
“We are excited to be a small part of that.”
This is the first time the WATC has been held in Ireland and the first time since 1958 that the Eisenhower Trophy will be played for on the islands when the men’s event was staged on the Old Course at St. Andrews.