Spartanburg, S.C. – Coming off one of its best seasons in program history which saw the team season stroke average record fall, USC Upstate head coach Todd Lawton has announced the fall schedule for the women's golf team.
Upstate will compete in five tournaments this fall, playing two tournaments in a span of five days to open the season in early September. The Spartans will play all five events in the Southeast, playing twice in South Carolina and Florida and once in Georgia. Upstate returns a solid core of players and have added new talent to help bolster the lineup.
"I like our schedule," said Lawton. "It has a mix of great courses and solid fields. To start off playing the course where we play the conference championship will give us a barometer of where we need to be next spring. It is nice to carry on some traditions playing in the other tournaments we have played in the past. We are looking for our returning players to step it up on courses they have played before and our new players to contribute early as we build toward the spring and the A-Sun Championship."
Upstate will open the season with its inaugural appearance in the Eat-A-Peach Classic hosted by Mercer at Pine Lakes Golf Course in Jekyll Island, Ga., Sept. 6-8. The Spartans will be familiar with the course, having played it the last two seasons at the A-Sun Championships.
Upstate will return to Spartanburg from the Eat-A-Peach tournament to play in the Terrier Intercollegiate Sept. 9-10, giving the Spartans five straight days of tournament competition to start the season. The tournament is hosted by Wofford at the Country Club of Spartanburg. Upstate will make its third appearance in the event.
The Spartans will stay in South Carolina for their third tournament of the fall when they travel to Charleston to play in the Wendy's Charleston Classic at the Rivertowne Country Club Oct. 7-8. The tournament is hosted by Charleston Southern and Upstate is making its second appearance in the event.
Upstate will make two stops in Florida to close out the fall campaign. The first stop will be the JU Classic hosted by Jacksonville at Marsh Landing Country Club Oct. 14-15. The Spartans played in the JU Classic last spring and also previously competed in the Labor Day Shootout hosted by Jacksonville.
The final tournament of the fall will see the Spartans make their seventh appearance in the Holiday Inn Express Hatter Classic Nov. 4-5. The tournament is hosted by Stetson at the Victoria Hills Golf Club. Upstate has played in the event every year since moving to Division I in 2007-08.
Upstate is coming off a season when it broke the all-time record for team season stroke average, finishing the year with a 322.0 average. The mark was 0.3 better than the average turned in by the 2008-09 squad. The Spartans also established some other firsts in program history. Upstate had all five players shoot in the 70s in the same round on two different occasions in two different tournaments, while also having two players shoot all three rounds of a 54-hole tournament in the 70s in the same tournament.