San Diego, California - The San Diego State women’s golf team will play eight regular-season tournaments across six states during the 2014-15 campaign as fourth-year head coach Leslie Spalding released the Aztecs’ schedule on Tuesday.
SDSU begins its fall slate in earnest when it travels to the Colonel Bill Wollenberg Ptarmigan Ram Classic, Sept 8-9, in Fort Collins, Colorado. The two-day event will mark the Aztecs’ first visit to the Rocky Mountain State since September of 2012, when they participated in the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Vail’s Red Sky Golf Club.
SDSU returns to Mountain West territory the following week when it makes its seventh consecutive appearance at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, set for Sept. 15-16, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Last season, the Aztecs finished sixth at the historic tournament, led by then-freshman Sirene Blair, who tied for third on the individual leaderboard.
Following a three-and-a-half week hiatus, SDSU will find itself in a familiar setting once again when it competes in the prestigious Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational for the second year in a row, Oct. 13-14, in Austin, Texas. Last season, the Aztecs placed ninth in a highly competitive field at the University of Texas Golf Club and Academy.
For the fifth straight year, the Scarlet and Black will wrap up fall competition at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, scheduled for Oct. 26-28, in Boulder City, Nevada. The Aztecs will head to the Silver State with bull’s eyes on their backs after capturing the team title last season. In addition, Blair claimed medalist honors en route to winning her second MW Women’s Golfer of the Month award. However, any chances of repeat performances will rest on the intricacies of a different course as the event returns to Boulder Creek Golf Club after a two-year run at Stallion Mountain.
SDSU reconvenes in the spring of 2015 with three straight tournaments in southern California, starting with its inaugural appearance in the UC Irvine Invitational presented by Kia, slated for Feb. 23-24, at Santa Ana Country Club. The Aztecs have played Orange County just twice since 2000, competing in the 2011 and 2013 editions of The Gold Rush at Yorba Linda Country Club.
A short excursion to the San Fernando Valley awaits SDSU the following week when it tees off for the Bruin Wave Invitational, March 2-3, at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana. The Scarlet and Black has participated in the event since its inception six years ago, highlighted by a fifth-place showing in 2011.
After a brief respite, the Aztecs will return to action on their home course when they play host to the third annual SDSU Farms Invitational, March 23-25, at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe. With 10 schools ranked among the Golfstat Top 50 at last season’s tournament, including eventual NCAA runner-up USC, San Diego State posted an impressive fifth-place performance, bolstered by then-sophomore Emma Henrikson, who tied for the fifth position individually.
In their final tune-up before the conference tournament, the Aztecs will travel to the desert for the PING/ASU Invitational at Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz. SDSU has not visited the Arizona State campus since making back-to-back appearances in 2011-12.
For the third consecutive year, the Mountain West Championship will be contested at Mission Hills Country in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Aztecs will battle eight leagues rivals over a three-day stretch, April 20-22, on the famed Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Last season, San Diego State tied UNLV and Fresno State for third place in the team standings, while Henrikson shared the runner-up spot for her highest finish as an Aztec.
SDSU will be looking for its fourth postseason bid as a team in the last five years when the NCAA holds its regional championships, May 7-9, across four sites, featuring South Bend, Indiana (Warren G.C.), San Antonio, Texas (Briggs Ranch G.C.), Raleigh, North Carolina (Lonnie Poole, G.C.) and St. George, Utah (Entrada at Snow Canyon C.C.).
Later that month, the NCAA championship series will be conducted at the Concession Golf Club, May 22-27, in Bradenton, Florida. A new format for the tournament will be unveiled this season, with 24 schools competing in three rounds of team medal play, followed by a cut to the low 36 players and ties for the final 18 holes, which will determine an individual national champion. The top eight teams from the three rounds of medal play will then be placed into a match play bracket to compete for the NCAA team title.
The Aztecs return four of their five regular starters from last season’s squad that earned a berth in the NCAA West Regionals, including all-Mountain West honorees Henrikson, Blair and Paige Spiranac.