BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – WKU Women’s Golf head coach Adam Gary and Men’s Golf head coach Chan Metts announced the full schedules for their respective programs on Tuesday morning.
“It’s nice to go back to some familiar places, but it’s always good to add some new events to the schedule as well,” said Gary. “We have a lot of experience returning with arguably our strongest freshman class ever coming in this fall. I can’t wait to see how this group stacks up against some of the best teams in our program’s history.”
Lady Topper Golf is returning all but one member of its 2021-22 roster for the 10-event slate, while adding three new faces to the mix.
WKU will begin its campaign as it has every year for the last five years at the USA Intercollegiate in Mobile, Ala., Over Labor Day weekend. The squad is the 2020 Champion of the event and has finished in the top three on three occasions.
New to the Lady Topper slate is a Cincinnati-hosted event on September 12-13. WKU will then travel to the home state of junior Rachel Rich for the Lady Paladin Invitational hosted by Furman.
It’s the second year in a row and fifth time ever WKU will play in the Pat Bradley Invitational, hosted by FIU on October 15-17.
The team will close out the fall at the second-annual Olde Stone Intercollegiate, co-hosted by the Lady Tops and Louisville Cardinals, on October 24-25. The Club at Olde Stone was most recently the host for the esteemed USGA Junior Girls Championship in mid-July.
The Lady Toppers will start the spring at the Reynolds Lake Oconee Invitational hosted by Mercer in the home state of sophomore Catie Craig and freshman Averi Cline in Mid-February. It’s followed by the UNF Intercollegiate in the first week of March.
WKU hosts its annual Spring Break Shootout at Lake Jovita Country Club in Dade City, Fla., March 13-14. Its final regular season event will be April 10-11 at the Brickyard Collegiate, hosted by Mercer as well.
The Conference USA Women’s Golf Championships will be held at a to-be-announced location beginning on April 17.
“I’m really looking forward to the guys returning in a few weeks to start working towards the new season,” said Metts. “It’s been a long summer and I’ve been waiting for this since April.”
“We decided to change the schedule up a little this fall, so we have some new events in Wisconsin and Xavier,” he continued. “Western Carolina will be new in that none of the current players competed the last time we played in that event, and I really like that course for this group. I’m looking forward to new courses and the opportunity to figure out how to attack them as a team. “
As Metts mentions, WKU will take the fall schedule in a new direction in 2022, beginning at the Badger Invitational up north in Wisconsin on September 11-13. The Hilltoppers will then travel to Saphire Valley, NC, for the JT Poston Invitational hosted by Western Carolina at the end of the month.
WKU adds the Xaiver Invitational on October 10-11 as a new event for the Tops this year and will close out the fall with the Pinetree Intercollegiate in mid-October. This will be the fifth time in six years that WKU has played at Kennesaw State.
Ball State’s Earl Yestingsmeier Match Play event will kick of WKU’s spring slate in Dade City, Fla., On February 6-7.
The Hilltoppers will head to their typical team tournament of the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on February 13 and 14. This is the seventh straight year WKU has competed in the Mobile-based, South Alabama-hosted event.
WKU returns to the Sea Palms Invitational after one year off from the tournament. Western Carolina will host the event in St. Simons, Ga., On March 9-11. It serves as a homecoming for redshirt senior Thomas Hogan who is from St. Simons Island.
The squad hits South Alabama for the second time in the spring on March 26-28 while playing in the Craft Farms Intercollegiate in Gulf Shores, Ala. WKU closes out the regular season with a new tournament in the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafeyette, Ind. On April 15-16, a trip home for Lafeyette, Ind., Native and transfer Nic Hofman.
The Conference USA Men’s Golf Championship will be held at a to-be-announced location with April 24-26 being stroke play and the final four teams advancing to match play on April 27.