Aztec Women's Golf Releases 2011-12 Schedule
Sept. 14, 2011
SAN DIEGO - Nine regular-season tournaments in four different states, including the second annual Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn, highlight the 2011-12 San Diego State women's golf schedule released Wednesday by first-year head coach Leslie Spalding.
"I expect great things out of the team this fall," Spalding said. "They've had all summer to prepare and we've been working a lot on their short games in practice. They're ready and excited to get into tournament play."
The Aztecs' fall slate consists of four tournaments in three different states, starting Sept. 25-26 with the Dick McGuire/Branch Law Firm New Mexico Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. SDSU came in seventh in the same event last year, led by current senior Malin Enarsson's third-place individual finish.
The Red and Black will play the first of three October events when it makes the short trip to the northeast to Palm Desert, Calif., to participate in the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate at the Classic Club, Oct. 7-9. The following week, the Aztecs head to the Stanford Intercollegiate to take on what will be the strongest field of their fall campaign, Oct. 14-16. SDSU finishes its fall schedule for the second consecutive year at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in Boulder City, Nev., Oct. 24-26.
San Diego State opens its spring 2012 campaign with a trip to the desert for the Arizona Lady Wildcat Invitational, Feb. 5-7, at the Golf Club at Vistoso in Oro Valley, Ariz. The Aztecs then return to Nevada to compete in another UNLV hosted event, the Spring Invitational, Feb. 20-21. Two weeks later, SDSU will tee it up at the Bruin/Wave Classic, March 5-7, where it took an impressive fifth in 2011, with the help of top-15 performances from then sophomore Gina Clark and Enarsson.
The Aztecs play host to the second annual Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn, set for March 18-20. The inaugural event last year featured many of the nation's top programs including reigning national champion UCLA and 2010 national titlist Purdue, which ended up winning the 17-team tournament.
Following the regular season-ending Arizona State PING Invitational, SDSU battles for conference supremacy at the Mountain West championships at The Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz., April 20-22. This is second year in a row that the conference tournament has taken place at The Wigwam, with the previous two years at the Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, Calif.
The Aztecs will look to earn their third consecutive postseason bid at NCAA regionals, which are set for May 10-12. They are followed by the national championships at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., May 22-25.
San Diego State returns four of its top five stroke average leaders from last year's team, including junior Christine Wong, who advanced to the second round of match play at this year's U.S. Amateur.