The UC Davis women’s golf team will face another challenging schedule during the 2014-15 season, which will be highlighted by the five-time defending champion Aggies hosting the Big West Championship in April at El Macero Country Club.
It’s a nine-tournament schedule that will feature four events in the fall and five more in the spring. Included is a September stop at Michigan for a unique tournament that will prepare participating teams for a reconfigured NCAA Finals in May.
“A new event on our schedule is the East and West Match Play Challenge, which will give our team a great experience with match play before NCAA’s and its new match play format,” said head coach Anna Temple.
The NCAA Finals have previously used stroke play exclusively to determine individual and team champions. This season, however, the women’s finals will mirror the men’s championship by using a combination of stroke and match play, while also being played on the same course as the men’s in Bradenton, Fla., in consecutive weeks.
UCD has been to the NCAA Regionals five consecutive years and to the NCAA Finals three times since 2008.
The Aggies will host a championship event of their own when the Big West tournament is contested at El Macero Country Club, one of program’s home courses. It’s the first time UCD will host the conference event which the Aggies have won five straight times. El Macero, home to the UCD men’s and women’s short-game practice facility, also hosted the El Macero Classic men’s tournament in April.
“The highlight of our spring season is the Big West Championship right here in Davis,” Temple said. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the host for the 2015 championship.”
The long road to the postseason begins with the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational (Sept. 15-16) and continues with the match play tournament at Michigan (Sept. 20-22), the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational at Washington (Oct. 7-8) and the Stanford Intercollegiate (Oct. 17-19).
“Our fall schedule will provide a tremendous opportunity for our team to prepare for postseason play,” Temple said. “Not only will we play in both the Edean Ihlanfeldt but also the Stanford Intercollegiate, giving us the opportunity to play against some of the nation’s finest teams.”
A nearly four-month break in the schedule precedes the spring portion of the schedule that starts where the fall ended — at Stanford. The Peg Barnard Invitational (Feb. 14) will give the Aggies another shot at the challenging Stanford Golf Course. They’ll stay in state for the UC Irvine Invitational (Feb. 23-24) and Bay Area Intercollegiate (March 9-10) before a stop in Hawaii for the Anunue Spring Break Classic (March 23-25) and Dallas, Texas, for the DAC/SMU Invitational (Apr. 10-11) precede the Big West Championship.
The NCAA regional round will be held May 5-7. The finals are scheduled for May 22-27 and will be hosted by South Florida.
The Aggies return all five players who captured the Big West Championship and participated in the NCAA West Regional.