Women’s Golf Announces 2017-18 Schedule
Pioneers once again to open year in New Mexico
June 15, 2017
DENVER – University of Denver women’s golf head coach Lindsay Kuhle announced the 2017-18 schedule on Thursday. The Pioneers will compete in at least 10 events for the upcoming year.
The schedule features three tournaments that DU has participated in the past four years with the Dick McGuire Invitational, Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky and the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch.
“We are so excited with the schedule that we have set for the next season,” Kuhle said about the upcoming year. “We will return to three of four tournaments that we've been to the past four years with UNM, Red Sky and our home event.”
DU opens the season with the University of New Mexico’s Dick McGuire Invitational on Sept. 11. The Crimson and Gold have opened the season with this three-day event the past three years, which features a very deep and talented field from around the country.
Denver will then come home to Colorado for two events with the Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 25-27) and the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-8), an event the Pioneers took home the team title back in 2015 and took second last year.
“We had two solid top-two finishes at Red Sky and our home event and hope to continue the success,” Kuhle said. “We really like playing Fazio courses (Red Sky and UTSA's event) and look forward to the challenge.”
DU closes out the fall portion of the schedule with the Mary S. Kauth Invitational beginning on Oct. 22.
“This schedule is very strong and we see a lot of west coast teams and teams that are the best in their respective conference,” Kuhle said.
The Crimson and Gold open up the spring with a dual match in January followed by the Allstate Sugar Bowl Invitational hosted by Tulane on Feb. 21 in New Orleans.
“In the spring, we will get started the end of January again with a dual match down in Arizona,” Kuhle said. “We then compete at Tulane, which we have been to the last four years and had great success.”
Denver then travels to Arizona for back-to-back tournaments. First up is the University of Arizona Wildcat Invitational, which begins Mar. 5. The Pioneers make a return trip less than three weeks later for the ASU Ping Invitational on Mar. 23.
“Playing at Arizona's event and back to ASU's event give us the opportunity to play desert courses and travel more often to Arizona, which is a quick and easy trip for us,” Kuhle said. “Both of these tournaments have great fields and a lot of PAC 12 schools to compete against.”
A familiar trip to Georgia awaits DU on Apr. 13 for the Liz Murphey Classic held in Athens. Denver put on a show last year in the unique tournament, finishing tied for second in the team play portion and knocking off then-No. 19 Oklahoma State in the opening round of match play.
“We will be playing Georgia's event again to wrap up the regular season and get in the mind set to play aggressive golf, which match play brings out in every golfer,” Kuhle said of the tournament.
The Pioneers then look to go for a fifth straight league title at the Summit League Championship on Apr. 22. The tournament once again will be held at the Arbor Links Country Club in Nebraska City, Neb.
“All of our players love these courses, tournaments, and competing against the best teams in the country, which this schedule provides,” Kuhle said. “I am looking for another very solid performance from our team in new (three new from last year) and familiar tournaments that really bring out the best in our player's games.“