July 28, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Headlined with the hosting of the Wolverine Intercollegiate in the fall and the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate in the spring, University of Michigan men's golf head coach Chris Whitten announced today (Monday, July 28) the Wolverines' 10-tournament schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
"We have put together a national schedule that we are very excited about," said Whitten. "Being able to open our season at home and the U-M Golf Course is always a huge bonus for us, and to introduce a new tournament at Desert Mountain during our spring break week is really special. We are able to return to some events where we've had great experiences in the past and we feel we can play well. Our players will be excited to see some of the best teams in the country and take on that challenge at every event."
U-M will evenly split its fall and spring season with five events in each segment. The postseason slate begins in Newburgh, Ind., and Victoria National, the new host site of the 2015 Big Ten Championships. Overall, U-M's schedule features five return tournaments from a season ago.
The Wolverines open their fall season hosting the Wolverine Intercollegiate, Sept. 6-7, at the U-M Golf Course. The following weekend, Sept. 12-14, U-M heads to Illinois' Fighting Illini Invitational, played at the historic Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill. U-M will look to defend Chris O'Neill's (Glen Allen, Va./Deep Run HS) medalist finish from a year ago at Windon Memorial Classic, Sept. 21-22. It is the eighth straight season U-M has played in Northwestern's event, which will be held at Evanston Golf Club in Skokie, Ill.
Closing out the fall, U-M heads west for The Mackenzie, Oct. 13-14, at The Meadow Club in Fairfax, Calif., before rounding out the early season slate traveling to Dallas, Texas, for Baylor's Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, to be played at Royal Oaks Country Club, Oct. 27-28.
Following a three-month training break, the Wolverines' spring season opens in Palm Coast, Fla., for the seventh annual Big Ten Match Play Championship, Feb. 15-16. The Hammock Beach Resort Conservatory Course will host the championship portion of the event, while the consolation will be played at the Ocean Course. Last year, U-M won the conference match play title for the first time in program history.
For the 13th straight year, the Wolverines will compete in the Puerto Rico Classic, Feb. 22-24, at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. Purdue's event is the longest-running stretch of any event on U-M's schedule. During spring break, the Wolverines will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., where they will host the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, March 6-7, at Desert Mountain Outlaw Course. U-M will stay in the west and travel to Bryan, Texas, for Texas A&M's Aggie Invitational at the Traditions Club, April 4-5, before returning to the Midwest for the regular-season finale at Ohio State's Robert Kepler Intercollegiate at The Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio, April 11-12.
Postseason begins with the Big Ten Championships, April 24-26, with a new home at Victoria National. If the Wolverines qualify, the NCAA postseason opens May 14-16, with 54-holes of regional play at six selected sites -- New Haven, Conn. (The Course at Yale); Noblesville, Ind. (The Sagamore Club); Chapel Hill, N.C. (UNC Finley Golf Course); Lubbock, Texas (The Rawls Course at Texas Tech); Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. (The Farms Golf Club) and Bremerton, Wash. (Gold Mountain Golf Club). The top five teams and top individual from a non-qualifying team advance to play in the NCAA Final, May 29-June 3, at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423