Men’s Golf Announces Rigorous 2015-16 Schedule
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky men's golf team will appear in four fall tournaments and six spring events, head coach Brian Craig announced on Tuesday. The Wildcats are aiming for a trip to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., to highlight Craig's 15th season at the helm of the UK program.
“I love this schedule for my team,” Craig said. “We play absolutely brilliant courses in the fall, including two that have hosted major championships in The Ocean Course and Crooked Stick. The spring is loaded with highly competitive fields on excellent venues as well. My goal is always to build a schedule that will help us be ready for the SEC and NCAA Championships. We have definitely accomplished that goal with this year’s competitive schedule and I can’t wait to get started.”
The fall slate begins Sept. 11-12 at the Invitational at The Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, S.C., followed by a trip to Kingston Springs, Tenn., to participate in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Challenge Cup. Tyler ‘Chip’ McDaniel and Cooper Musselman led the way for the Wildcats at the Invitational at The Ocean Course a season ago. The duo both tied for 14th in the event. Musselman carded an opening-round 67, while McDaniel closed out the tournament with a 68 in round three. The trip to Kingston Springs will come on Sept. 25-27.
Kentucky will play twice in the month of October beginning with a date in Carmel, Ind., at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate, Oct. 12-13. UK then concludes action in the fall months at The Grove Intercollegiate in College Grove, Tenn. Crooked Stick hosted the 1991 PGA Championship and the US Women’s Open in 1993.
The Wildcats begin 2016 with a spring training trip to Palm Beach, Fla., on Jan. 18. UK’s top individual will play at the Northern Trust Collegiate in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Feb. 15 before the team kicks off spring competition in late February.
Kentucky will head south of the border Feb. 21-13 to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Classic. It marks the fourth consecutive season the Wildcats will travel at least once out of the country. The Wildcats return to the U.S. for the Tiger Invitational from March 6-8, in Auburn, Ala., hosted by league-foe Auburn at the Grand National course.
Kentucky will then play at the Schenkel Invitational from March 18-20, in Statesboro, Ga. It is an event in which the Wildcats will participate in for the 11th-consecutive season. UK garnered a fourth place finish in 2015. David Snyder earned a top-10 finish with a ninth-place showing, while McDaniel was just one stroke off of Snyder’s score and claimed a tie for 12th at the event.
After the Schenkel Invitational, UK wraps up regular-season competition in Awendaw, S.C., for the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate on April 3-5. It will mark the 11th consecutive appearance at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate for the Wildcats. Snyder and McDaniel once again led the way for the Wildcats with a fourth and ninth place finish, respectively. The 207 was the lowest score of the season for Snyder.
Postseason play begins April 15 and runs through April 17 for the SEC Championship at Seaside Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. NCAA Regional action runs May 16-18 at three different sites that will be determined at a later date. The NCAA Championships will take place in Eugene, Ore., May 27-June 1.
The Wildcats will look to return to postseason action in 2015-16 with five players returning to the roster who participated in the SEC Championships a season ago. Craig’s squad also welcomes four new members to the roster this season – including an international flair with three players hailing from outside of the country.