Ira Green, University of Louisville Athletics
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s golf head coach Courtney Trimble announced the Cardinals’ 2016-17 schedule, which is highlighted by the program’s annual Cardinal Cup along with trips to Minnesota, Florida, and California.
The Cardinals’ slate consists of 10 regular-season tournaments, two of which Louisville is serving as host: the Fall Kickoff in Norcross, Ga., and the Cardinal Cup in Simpsonville, Ky.
“I like our schedule because we have a lot of youth in our lineup this year – with the losses of Katie Mitchell and Laura Restrepo – and I feel like going back to some familiar places is important,” Trimble said. “The coaching staff knows the courses as do some of the players, and I think that’s important with a young team.
“The fall is a combination of familiar golf courses with challenging fields,” Trimble said. “We’ll see competition from all over the country, and it should give us a really good idea of where we stand and where we need to improve.”
For the third-consecutive year, second straight in the state of Georgia, the Cardinals begin the season with the Fall Kickoff on Sept. 6. Louisville, serving as the host, faces competition from Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, College of Charleston, and Georgia State in a 36-hole format at the Berkeley Hills Country Club in Norcross, Ga.
A week later, Louisville makes its first trip in program history to the state of Minnesota to participate in the Minnesota Invitational from Sept. 12-13, playing 54 holes at the Minikahda Club – the oldest country club west of the Mississippi.
The Cardinals then compete in consecutive highly competitive tournaments, beginning with the Cougar Classic from Oct. 2-4 in Hanahan, S.C. Louisville returns to action at the Tar Heel Invitational (Oct. 14-16) in Chapel Hill, N.C., where the Cardinals finished third out of 18 teams last season. Molly Skapik tied for third with an impressive 2-under-par 214.
“I think these two tournaments give us an opportunity to see a pretty elite field,” Trimble said, “so that stretch is real important for us. It will definitely give us an early gauge of where we stand because we’ll see ACC schools and it can help boost our rankings.”
Louisville concludes its fall campaign with the annual Cardinal Cup from Oct. 23-25 at the UofL Golf Club. The program has won four-consecutive titles and faces another quality field that includes East Carolina, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State, and Wisconsin.
After the winter break, Louisville opens its spring schedule on Jan. 30 with the third annual Battle of the Bluegrass State, a dual match against in-state rival Kentucky in Florida. The Cardinals have won the previous two meetings, and the third matchup will continue with a 36-hole format.
The Cardinals will take part in two more Florida events, first with the Central District Invitational from Feb. 20-21 in Port St. Lucie and then the Hurricane Invitational from Feb. 27 through March 1 in Coral Gables.
After a 19-day idle period, Louisville travels to the Briar’s Creek Invitational from March 20-21 in Johns Island, S.C. Last year’s field featured, including Louisville, eight programs ranked in Golfstat’s top 50. Louisville wraps up its regular-season schedule with the Silverado Showdown, which boasts plenty of top West Coast teams, from April 9-11 in Napa, Calif.
Louisville starts postseason play at the ACC Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Held from April 21-23, the 12-team field is set to compete at the Sedgefield Country Club. The NCAA Regional Championships take place from May 8-10 and teams will be qualifying to play at one of four locations: Albuquerque, N.M.; Greenville, N.C.; Lubbock, Texas; and, Columbus, Ohio.
The 2017 national championships are taking place at Rich Harvest Farms from May 19-24 in Sugar Grove, Ill., and hosted for the first time by Northern Illinois University. Sugar Grove will be only the third Illinois city to host the Division I Golf Championships. Rich Harvest Farms recently was rated as one of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.” The course played host to the 2009 Solheim Cup, where 120,000 spectators witnessed the United States’ team win over Europe.
“I think we have a lot of depth again this year, and this will provide a great opportunity for somebody to step up,” Trimble noted. “Katie and Laura were such an integral part of our lineup for the last two years, and while we don’t look to replace them, we are going to need some players to step up. The returning group has worked hard this summer, playing in tournaments, and enjoyed some success. I’m excited to see who comes in this fall ready to play and continue to lead us to be better than we were last year. We were close to reaching the national championship – we had an individual make it – so we want to lead off where we left off.”
|2016-17 LOUISVILLE WOMEN’S GOLF SCHEDULE|
|Sept. 6||Fall Kickoff||Norcross, Ga.|
|Sept. 12-13||Minnesota Invitational||Minneapolis, Minn.|
|Oct. 2-4||Cougar Classic||Hanahan, S.C.|
|Oct. 14-16||Tar Heel Invitational||Chapel Hill, N.C.|
|Oct. 23-25||Cardinal Cup||UofL Golf Club|
|Jan. 30||Battle of the Bluegrass State||TBD|
|Feb. 20-21||Central District Invitational||Port St. Lucie, Fla.|
|Feb. 27-March 1||Hurricane Invitational||Coral Gables, Fla.|
|March 20-21||Briar’s Creek Invitational||Johns Island, S.C.|
|April 9-11||Silverado Showdown||Napa, Calif.|
|April 21-23||ACC Championship||Greensboro, N.C.|
|May 8-10||NCAA Regionals||TBD|
|May 19-24||NCAA Championship||Sugar Grove, Ill.|