July 22, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's golf head coach Jan Dowling announced today (Tuesday, July 22) the Wolverines' schedule for the upcoming 2014-15 season.
U-M will compete in nine regular-season tournaments -- four fall events and five spring -- followed by the postseason beginning in Indianapolis, Ind., the site of the 2015 Big Ten Championships at The Fort Golf Course. Overall, the U-M schedule includes three events to which the Wolverines will be returning from a season ago.
"My goal with establishing the schedule for this season was to get an increase in national exposure against many of the top-ranked programs in the nation," said Dowling. "The experience of playing great courses and competing against nationally ranked programs will prepare us for the postseason. Our team is up for the challenge as we continue to progress and grow."
After a year away, U-M will begin the 2014-15 campaign with the Mary Fossum Invitational, Sept. 13-14, at Forest Akers West Course in East Lansing, Mich., marking the seventh time in the last eight seasons U-M has begun its fall schedule with the event.
For the first time since 2012, U-M will have a home event as part of the fall slate, as Ann Arbor plays host to the East & West Match Play Challenge, a 36-hole stroke play event followed by two days of match play, Sept. 20-22, at Radrick Farms Golf Course.
"We are honored to be hosting a home event this fall," said Dowling, "It's a unique match-play format that will provide some great competitive experience and camaraderie."
Dowling will also make a return trip to Knoxville, Tenn., where she was an assistant coach with the Volunteers for the 2012-13 season, when the Wolverines tee off in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, Oct. 17-19 at Cherokee Country Club. In the team's final fall event, the Maize and Blue will travel to Boulder City, Nev., for the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Boulder Creek Golf Club, Oct. 26-28.
After the three-month winter break from scheduled play, U-M will begin its spring season in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, for its eighth consecutive trip to the Lady Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 15-17), played at Rio Mar Beach Resort. The team will then travel to Miami, Fla., to compete in the Hurricane Invitational (March 2-4) at Biltmore Golf Course for the fourth time in the past five seasons.
The Wolverines will later head west to play in the Arizona Wildcat Invitational (March 16-17) in Tucson, Ariz., at Sewailo Golf Club before playing in the SDSU Farms Invitational (March 23-25) at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. After a short break, U-M will wrap up its regular season with the two-day Lady Buckeye Invitational (April 18-19) at Ohio State's Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
Michigan's postseason will begin with the Big Ten Championships April 24-26 at the event's new home through the 2016 season, The Fort Golf Course in Indianapolis. After the conference's postseason event, the NCAA postseason will begin with 54 holes of regional play at four sites May 7-9. The host schools include Notre Dame, hosting at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.; BYU at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in St. George, Utah; North Carolina State at Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C.; and Texas-San Antonio at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.
The top eight teams and top individual from a non-qualifying team advance to play in the NCAA Final, May 22-27, at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., hosted by South Florida.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423