July 22, 2014
Emily Haas helped Louisville capture the 2014 AAC title with her individual runner-up finish.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville women’s golf head coach Courtney Trimble announced the program’s schedule on Tuesday, which is highlighted by trips to Hawaii, Florida, and Colorado.
Louisville, which is preparing for its first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, won the American Athletic Conference title last season.
“We want to see a wide range of teams throughout the year, which this schedule allows us to do,” the American Athletic Conference Head Coach of the Year said. “I think it provides us the opportunity to face the best teams in the country - on the East Coast, West Coast, and in the ACC - so that we can be prepared for the postseason wherever we land.”
Louisville, which opens the fall season with the Cardinal Kickoff on Sept. 7 in Laconia, Ind., showcases its newly transformed home course, the UofL Golf Club, with the Cardinal Cup on Sept. 15-16 in Simpsonville, Ky.
Louisville won the Cardinal Cup team title for the second-straight season in 2013 with a score of 859, 22 strokes better than the runner-up. Returnee Laura Restrepo shot a 75 in the final round to win the tournament, her second-consecutive individual title of the year. Emily Haas tied for runner-up, while Katie Petrino tied for fourth to round out the top-three finishers.
“The changes made to the golf course are exceptional, and it makes this a true championship course,” Trimble said. “To be able to practice in one of the best facilities in the country and play on a championship-style course prepares you for every type of competition. It also gives us coaches the ability to recruit the best players in the country and continue to develop them into even better students of the game.”
Following its lone home event, Louisville departs for the prestigious Golfweek Challenge in Vail, Colo. The Red Sky Ranch and Golf Club has been rated No. 15 out of the top 100 golf course destinations.
Two-and-a-half weeks later, Louisville heads east to take part in the Tar Heel Invitational from Oct. 10-12 before participating in the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Knoxville, Tenn., from Oct. 17-19 to wrap up the fall.
The Cardinals begin their spring campaign with the UCF Challenge on Feb. 8-10 in Orlando, Fla. Last year’s field featured three teams that finished the season either ranked in the top 25 or receiving votes.
After traveling to the Hurricane Invitational from March 2-4 in Miami, Fla., Louisville will head to another tropic-like climate. From March 23-25, the team will participate in the Anuenue Spring Break Classic in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. The Bay Course, site of the event, boasts the only hole (No. 5) to play over the ocean on Maui and has been home to 20 major professional events, including the Kapalua LPGA Classic.
Louisville then makes consecutive trips to Greensboro, N.C., first for the Bryan National Collegiate from April 3-5 at Bryan Park Golf Course, then for the program’s inaugural ACC Championship from April 17-19. The three-day event will be held at Sedge Field Country Club. Duke, the 2014 NCAA team champion, won the ACC title last season.
The NCAA regionals will be held May 7-9, with the NCAA Championship from May 22-27 at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. The championship, which moves to stroke play and match play format, features three days of team stroke play from May 22-24, one individual stroke play round on May 25, and three days of team match play from May 24-27.
The Golf Channel will televise the final three days of competition, giving the NCAA Women's Golf Championships live television coverage for the first time since 2005.
“I’m really excited about the upcoming season with what we have returning,” Trimble stated. “We’re coming off winning the AAC Tournament, with four tournament wins, and we return all but one of our players from last season.
“We brought in a great freshman in Molly Skapik and an experienced transfer from Florida (Katie Mitchell), so we expect to have a ton of depth - something we didn’t have much of last year - and I think that will only help.”
|2014-15 LOUISVILLE WOMEN’S GOLF SCHEDULE|
|Sept. 7||Cardinal Kickoff||Laconia, Ind.|
|Sept. 15-16||CARDINAL CUP||UofL GOLF CLUB|
|Sept. 21-24||Golfweek Conference Challenge||Vail, Colo.|
|Oct. 10-12||Tar Heel Invitational||Chapel Hill, N.C.|
|Oct. 17-19||Mercedes-Benz Championship||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|Feb. 8-10||UCF Challenge||Orlando, Fla.|
|March 2-4||Hurricane Invitational||Miami, Fla.|
|March 23-25||Anuenue Spring Break Classic||Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii|
|April 3-5||Bryan National Collegiate||Greensboro, N.C.|
|April 17-19||ACC Championship||Greensboro, N.C.|
|May 7-9||NCAA Regional||TBD|
|May 22-27||NCAA Championship||Bradenton, Fla.|