Spartanburg, S.C. – Coming off arguably its most successful fall season in program history, the USC Upstate women's golf program and head coach Todd Lawton announce a five-tournament spring schedule that will see the Spartans hit nearly every part of the United States.
Upstate will play two tournaments in the Southeast, one in the Deep South, one in the Midwest and one out West as part of its tournament lineup this spring. The first four tournaments will lead up to the A-Sun Championships being played at Pine Lakes Golf Club on Jekyll Island in mid-April.
"I am excited about us having the opportunity to play against great competition in places we have never traveled to and at some great venues," said Lawton. "It provides us the ability to expand our recruiting opportunities in areas we have not been able to get into previously. Coming off an exciting fall season, I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the spring."
Upstate will open the season at the Le Triomphe Collegiate hosted by McNeese State in Broussard, La., Feb. 18-19. The tournament will be played at the Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., the home of the Buy.com Louisiana Open. It will be the Spartans' first appearance in the tournament.
Upstate will then take a month off from competition before hitting the links at the Monterey Bay Intercollegiate March 18-19. The tournament is being hosted by Drake and will be played at the Del Monte course, which is part of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Resort. The course is the oldest course west of the Mississippi River. It will be the Spartans' first appearance in the tournament.
Upstate plays its second tournament in March when it travels to Hilton Head Island to take part in the Low Country Intercollegiate, a tournament co-hosted by Western Carolina and Wofford. The Spartans will make their fourth appearance in the tournament since 2007-08. The tournament is being played at Moss Creek Plantation designed by Tom Fazio.
The Spartans will end its regular season in early April when it travels to Peoria, Ill., to play in the Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational hosted by Bradley April 6-7. It will be Upstate's first appearance in the tournament, which is being played at WeaverRidge Golf Club.
Upstate will return to the Southeast and travel to the coast of Georgia for the A-Sun Championships April 14-16. The Spartans will make their fifth appearance in the championships, the second with eligibility to advance past the conference tournament and into NCAA Regional action. The A-Sun Championships will be played at Pine Lakes Golf Club on Jekyll Island.
Upstate is coming off a tremendous fall season that saw the team not only return to, but top the success attained by the squads in the first two years of Division I competition in 2007-08 and 2008-09. The Spartans recorded a 316.8 stroke average, 5.5 strokes better than the single season school record of 322.3 set in 2008-09. Four different Spartans finished as the top Spartan in five tournaments in the fall, the most in the history of the program. The program also received its first-ever weekly honor from the A-Sun when Brittany Lowe was named the A-Sun Golfer of the Week following the Rutgers invitational. It also marks the first time in program history that three golfers have season scoring averages in the 70s at the semester break.