Southwestern Golf Announces 2018 Fall Men's and Women's Schedule
CRESTON, IA – Southwestern Spartan head golf coach, Doug North, has announces the 2018 fall slate for a team that returns three National Qualifiers. The Spartans will play in six combined events, highlighted by the Iowa Western-hosted, Bent Tree Intercollegiate.
"We are excited to release our fall schedule and get started on buiding upon the success we had last season." Coach North continues, "With the events we have lined up, we will be tested early when we defend our home turf and often against a variety of levels. The stiff competition will benefit us come the spring and championship time. We are looking forward to the tough competition and improving as a team."
The Spartan women will open up the season on September 4th as Southwestern looks to host the first "War at the Moor" held at Crestmoor Golf Club. The men will host the same tournament on September 7th. The field will highlight NJCAA, NAIA, and NCAA teams from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska with many teams bringing in National Championship experience to play in Southwest Iowa.
The Spartan men and women will then travel up to Mason City to compete in the NIACC Fall Invitational at Mason City Country Club on September 10th. In a field filled with the best of Region XI, and always producing low scores, the NIACC Invitational will be a great measuring stick for the Spartans in Region XI competition.
Coach North and Assistant, Ryan Palser, will lead the Spartans to the Graceland Fall Invitational where the teams finished 7th (women) and 3rd (men) in 2017. "The men were only two strokes away from their first team victory last year and we were young with significantly less experience. I really like our odds this year to post a number close to par" says Coach North. "On the women's side, we should be much-improved and this will be a great experience to see different levels of competition."
The Spartans will round out their fall competitive schedule against regional competition and at the Bent Tree Intercollegiate. The Men's Region XI Preview will be held at Veenker Golf Club, which will host the Men's Region XI Championship in May. The Women's Region XI Preview will be held at Otter Creek Golf Course, which will host the Women's Region XI Championship in April.
The men will again compete in the Bent Tree Intercollegiate, and the women will compete in this event for the first time. "Last year we knew the competition was going to be stiff, this year will be no different," discusses North. "We took last (5th) last year. Three teams ended up ranked in the top-10 in Division I with Indian Hills winning the National Championship. The other team we lost to by 8 strokes finished 8th at the Division II National Championship. This tournament is the best of the best in the Midwest and it will be a great cap to our fall season."
September 4 – Women's War at the Moor (Creston, Iowa)
September 7 – Men's War at the Moor (Creston, Iowa)
September 10 – Men & Women at NIACC Fall Invite (Mason City, Iowa)
September 13 – Men at Graceland University Fall Invite (Lamoni, Iowa)
September 15 – Women at Graceland University Fall Invite (Lamoni, Iowa)
September 23-24 – Men's Fall Region XI Preview (Ames, Iowa)
October 1-2 – Men and Women at Bent Tree Intercollegiate (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
October 11 – Women's Fall Region XI Preview (Ankeny, Iowa)
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