CSU men's golf announces 2018-19 schedule
Coming off its first NCAA Regional appearance since 2012, the Colorado State men's golf program will face another challenging schedule, as head coach Christian Newton announced his squad's tournaments for the 2018-19 season, his seventh at the helm of the Rams' program.
"I am very excited about our schedule for the upcoming season," Newton said.
"Our good play last year has enabled us to continue to gain invites to top-tier events. We always look to play on the best courses against the best teams. I think we have accomplished that goal again."
For the first time since 2009-10, CSU opens the schedule out of the state of Colorado, traveling to Atlanta, Ga., for the Carpet Capital Collegiate, hosted by Georgia Tech, Set. 7-9. The 2017 field was a top-flight group of 14 NCAA Division I teams competing, 12 of which advanced to the NCAA Regionals and four to the NCAA Championship, along with the NAIA National Runner-Up.
The following week, the Rams will look to defend their title for a fourth straight year as they welcome 17 opponents from across the nation to compete in CSU's own Ram Masters Invitational presented by Pedersen Toyota (Sept. 17-19). The 54-hole event, now in its seventh season, will take place, once again, at the Fort Collins Country Club.
The field for the 2017 Ram Masters includes regional rivals Wyoming, Denver and Northern Colorado. Other teams competing are Cal State Fullerton, Idaho, Illinois State, Long Beach State, Nebraska, North Dakota State, Omaha, Rice, Sam Houston State, Seattle, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Washington State and Wichita State.
The Rams wrap up the month with their third event of the season, heading to Albuquerque, N.M., where they will compete in the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, hosted by Mountain West rival New Mexico at the UNM Championship Course, Sept. 28-29.
The Rams conclude the fall portion of the schedule with the area for the Paintbrush Invitational, Oct. 8-9, hosted by Denver University at Colorado Golf Club in Parker. CSU will then wrap up the fall portion of the slate with a trip to California's famed Monterrey Peninsula, playing in the St. Mary's Invitational, Nov. 5-7, at Poppy Hills Golf Club.
The Rams get back into competition with a dual match against Denver University at Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., before playing in the Wyoming Desert Classic at the same course, Feb. 22-24. Next on the slate are a pair of familiar events for the Rams, as the squad heads to the Lamkin Grips SD Classic, March 12-13, co-hosted by University of San Diego and San Diego State at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif., and the University of Arizona's National Invitational Tournament, March 18-19, in Tucson, Ariz.
April has a pair of tournaments heading into to the Mountain West Championship, as CSU will travel to the Western Intercollegiate, hosted by San Jose State, on April 13-14. The following week brings a trip to Provo, Utah, for the BYU Cougar Classic, played at Riverside Country Club.
CSU's regular-season schedule draws to a close at the Mountain West Championship, with an automatic bid to the NCAA Regionals up for grabs. The MW tourney is slated for April 26-28 at a familiar site, as the event returns to Omni Tucson National Resort., site of the National Invitational Tournament and 11 of the previous 12 conference championship events. The Rams look to qualify for their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regionals, with six sites hosting teams and individuals May 13-15.
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