Hawaii, Colorado, Florida, and Georgia are a few upcoming destinations for the Louisville women’s golf team.

 

Sixth-year head coach Courtney Trimble announced the Cardinals’ 2017-18 schedule on Monday, which features 10 regular-season events and includes the Cardinal Cup from Oct. 21-22 at the UofL Golf Club.

 

The Cardinals, who are coming off their fourth-consecutive appearance at an NCAA Regional Championship, are slated to take part in five fall tournaments, with an additional five competitions in the spring before postseason play.

 

“I’m really excited about this year’s schedule,” Trimble said. “Not only are we going to see teams from all over the country, but we’ll face some of the best programs early in our schedule. We’ll also be competing on a many different types of courses, and I believe that will set us up for success at the latter part of our season.”

 

Louisville opens the season with a trip to the Minnesota Invitational from Sept. 11-12 before heading west from Sept. 25-27 to the Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge in Vail, Colo. The Cardinals took part in the event in Colorado in 2014, when it placed fifth out of 17 teams.

 

The Cardinals, for the fourth-consecutive year, will participate in the Tar Heel Invitational from Oct. 13-15 at the UNC Finley Course in Chapel Hill, N.C. Last season, both Lauren Hartlage and Jacqueline Twitty recorded top-20 finishes.

 

“We’re hosting two events this year,” Trimble said. “We have a strong field coming to the Cardinal Cup, and the tournament at the Atlanta Athletic Club is on a really tough, championship course.”

 

Louisville returns to action a little more than a week later, playing host to the 14th Cardinal Cup in program history. The event, which is being held Oct. 21-22, has attracted some of the best teams in the country, and the 2017 field includes Kent State, Illinois, Wisconsin, East Carolina, and Kentucky.

 

A week later, the program hosts its second-consecutive tournament, with the Ladies Fall Intercollegiate Invitational in Johns Creek, Ga. The 12-team field, highlighted by Georgia, Illinois, Coastal Carolina, and Augusta, will play on the Highlands Course at the Atlanta Athletic Club from Oct. 27-29. The AAC has served as the site of the 93rd PGA Championship as well as a host of other amateur and professional competitions.

 

The Cardinals last played on the course in Georgia in 2015 as part of the Fall Kickoff, placing second in the tournament. Katie Mitchell won the individual title, and Twitty was the next highest finishing golfer after tying for ninth.

 

Following winter break, Louisville makes its first trip to Florida and opens its spring slate for the fourth annual Battle of the Bluegrass State, a dual match against in-state rival Kentucky, on Jan. 29.

 

Louisville is idle until mid-February, when it returns to the Sunshine State for the Moon Golf Invitational from Feb. 18-20. Including Louisville, the 13 teams will play at the Duran Golf Club in Melbourne.

 

The Cardinals then turn their attention to the Evans Derby Experience from March 18-20, the program’s first trip to Auburn for a tournament. It is the first time the tournament has been played since 2008.

 

“The Evans Derby Experience will be a really strong field, with probably 10 top-25 programs,” Trimble, an Auburn graduate, said.

 

For spring break, Louisville is venturing to Maui, Hawaii, for the Anuenue Spring Break Classic from March 26-28. It is the program’s second trip to the Big Island since the 2014-15 season, when the Cardinals placed third out of 15 teams.

 

Louisville wraps up the regular season with the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic from April 13-15 in Athens, Ga.

 

“The Liz Murphey Classic is a match-play event, which we haven’t done yet and the team is looking forward to it,” Trimble added. “It’ll be different challenge at the end of the spring to get us competitive going into the ACC Championship. The golf course in Athens is similar to what we will see at the conference championship, so I think it’ll be a good warm up that has a good field.”

 

Postseason for Louisville begins at the ACC Championship from April 20-22 in Greensboro, N.C. Two weeks later, the NCAA Regional Championships are being held from May 7-9, and teams will be qualifying to play at one of the four sites: Stanford, Calif.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Austin, Texas; and, Madison, Wis.

 

The 2018 national championships are taking place at Karsten Creek from May 18-23 in Stillwater, Okla., and hosted by Oklahoma State University. The course, designed by the renowned Tom Fazio, was the site of the 2003 and 2011 NCAA Men’s Golf Championships.

 

For the latest information on Louisville women’s golf, log on to GoCards.com, or, for up-to-the-minute updates, follow the team’s Twitter account at www.twitter.com/UofLWGolf or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/UofLWGolf.

 

2017-18 LOUISVILLE WOMEN’S GOLF SCHEDULE

 

Fall 2017

Sept. 11-12            Minnesota Invitational                                    Minneapolis, Minn.

Sept. 25-27            Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge     Vail, Colo.

Oct. 13-15              Tar Heel Invitational                                      Chapel Hill, N.C.

Oct. 21-22              Cardinal Cup                                                UofL Golf Club

Oct. 27-29              Ladies Fall Intercollegiate Invitational             Johns Creek, Ga.

 

Spring 2018

Jan. 29                  Battle of the Bluegrass State (Dual vs. UK)     TBD

Feb. 18-20             Moon Golf Invitational                                   Melbourne, Fla.

March 18-20          Evans Derby Experience                               Auburn, Ala.

March 26-28          Anuenue Spring Break Classic                      Maui, Hawaii

April 13-15             Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic                      Athens, Ga.

April 20-22             ACC Championship                                      Greensboro, N.C.

May 7-9                 NCAA Regionals                                           TBD

May 18-23             NCAA Championship                                    Stillwater, Okla.

Ira Green
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