Cullowhee, N.C. - Eleven seasonal tournaments including five in the fall semester and six in the spring comprise the 2017-18 Western Carolina women’s golf schedule unveiled today by second-year head coach Sara Anne McGetrick. WCU’s schedule includes hosting the second installment of the home Bill Berg Invitational at The Ridges Country Club in Hayesville.
Opening in tournament play in mid-September, WCU’s schedule culminates in mid-April, 2018 with the annual Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship which makes a return to the Moss Creek Plantation in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The conference championship team champion garners the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA postseason.
“I’m pleased with this year’s schedule which includes several new tournaments enabling us to play against a variety of teams. I also like the spacing of the events on our schedule that will allow time to assess performance and progress, while also giving us the opportunity to get in work to prepare for our next competition,” said McGetrick. “Opening the spring season in Florida affords us the opportunity to be more tournament ready as we head toward our ultimate goal with the conference championship in mid-April.”
Western Carolina’s schedule opens Sept. 10-11 with a three-round tournament hosted by William & Mary at the Kingsmill Resort River Course in Williamsburg, Va. The Catamounts return to the event after a one-year hiatus, finishing seventh back in 2015. The opening month of the season concludes Sept. 22-24 with the three-round, three-day Lady Paladin Intercollegiate, hosted by fellow SoCon member, Furman, at their on-campus golf course.
The first of three competitions in October begins with the Starmount Fall Classic, another tournament hosted by a conference affiliate in UNCG at the Starmount Forest Country Club. The event is scheduled Oct. 2-3, with the Catamounts making their first appearance at the fall tournament since 2013 – a fourth-place team showing.
For a second-straight season, WCU and The Ridges Country Club will host the Bill Beg Invitational, Oct. 16-17 in Hayesville, N.C. The Catamount women are expected to host a total of 13 teams in the 54-hole tournament spread over three days including the practice rounds. The event’s namesake, Bill Berg, is the golf professional at The Ridges. In the inaugural year, red-hot Eastern Kentucky claimed its third-straight team title in the fall of 2016 in taking home top team honors with event-host, WCU, placing second led by individual runner-up, Amanda Floberg.
Western Carolina concludes the fall portion of its 2017-18 schedule with yet another tournament it finished as the runner-up in last season as it travels to Wofford’s Terrier Intercollegiate. The 36-hole event at the Country Club of Spartanburg – which WCU led at the mid-point a year ago – wraps up the opening portion of the Catamount schedule.
Six spring tournaments for the Catamounts include two in February and three in March ahead of the conference championship in mid-April. WCU returns to spring competition in the state of Florida, traveling to the Ball State Sunshine Invitational, hosted at the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Feb. 9-10. Two weeks later, WCU travels to the golf haven that is Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Edwin Watts / Kiawah Island Classic, hosted by former SoCon member, the College of Charleston, Feb. 25-27. It is WCU’s first trip to the annual event since March, 2015.
A busy March opens with an in-state tournament at the River Landing Classic, co-hosted by UNC Wilmington and East Carolina on the River Course at the River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, N.C. The three-round tournament will be contested March 5-6. It’s WCU’s first return to the event since April of 2008. Two weeks later, the Catamounts return to Florida for the MSU Citrus Challenge, a three-day tournament hosted by Morehead State at the Red Tail Golf Club in Sorrento, Fla.
In its final tune-up before the conference championship, Western Carolina heads to the University Club at Arlington in Richmond, Ky., for a 54-hole tournament hosted by Eastern Kentucky – a perennial competitor in WCU’s home tournaments over the years.
The 2018 Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship returns to the Moss Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the first time since the 2013-14 season when its five-year run as the championship host site concluded.
Western Carolina returns three golfers from its 2016-17 roster including a pair of rising seniors in Amanda Floberg and Alyssa Morahan and sophomore Brianna Plummer. The Catamounts have also added five newcomers including one junior transfer in Shannon Heerey (Meath, Ireland / Spartanburg Methodist) and four freshmen; Harper Gilwreath (Anderson, S.C. / Belton-Honea Path HS), Hazel Martin (Brisbane, Australia), Maya White (Fletcher, N.C. / T.C. Roberson HS), and Cameron Wood (Waxhaw, N.C. / Parkwood HS).
2017-18 Catamount Women’s Golf Schedule:
Sept. 10-11 – William & Mary Fall Invitational (W&M) – Kingsmill Resort–River Course (Williamsburg, Va.)
Sept. 22-24 – Lady Paladin Invitational (Furman) – Furman University Golf Course (Greenville, S.C.)
Oct. 2-3 – Starmount Fall Classic (UNCG) – Starmount Forest Country Club (Greensboro, N.C.)
Oct. 16-17 – Bill Berg Invitational (WCU) – The Ridges Golf Club (Hayesville, N.C.)
Oct. 23-24 – Terrier Intercollegiate (Wofford) – Country Club of Spartanburg (Spartanburg, S.C.)
Feb. 9-10 – Ball State Sunshine Invitational (Ball State) – PGA Village Golf Club (Port St. Lucie, Fla.)
Feb. 25-27 – Edwin Watts / Kiawah Island Classic (CofC) – Kiawah Island, Osprey Point and Oak Point Courses (Kiawah Island, S.C.)
March 5-6 – River Landing Classic (UNCW & ECU) – River Landing Golf Club, River Course (Wallace, N.C.)
March 18-20 – MSU Citrus Challenge (Morehead State) – Red Tail Golf Club (Sorrento, Fla.)
March 30-31 – EKU Colonel Classic (EKU) – University Club at Arlington (Richmond, Ky.)
April 15-17 – Southern Conference Women’s Golf Championship – Moss Creek Plantation (Hilton Head Island, S.C.)