AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Augusta University Division I men's golf team revealed its 2019-20 schedule on Tuesday morning. Head Coach Jack O'Keefe returns at the helm of the Jaguars and booked 11 regular-season events on the new slate.
"Each year our schedule gets better and better," O'Keefe said. "We start the year against one of the best fields in college golf at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate. After that, two ACC powerhouses in Wake Forest and NC State host us for their great events. Isleworth is always one of the best tournaments in college golf and we enjoy closing out the fall semester at Kiawah Island and Turtle Point."
For the fourth consecutive season, Augusta competes at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate, hosted by Georgia State, in Scottsdale, Ariz., at Mirabel Golf Course. The Jaguars compete Sept. 13-15 to kick off the new schedule.
The Jags head to Wake Forest's Old Town Club Collegiate, Sept. 23-24, in Winston-Salem, N.C. at Old Town Club, before staying in North Carolina for the NC State Wolfpack Collegiate, Oct. 5-6, in Raleigh at Lonnie Poole Golf Course.
AU will make its ninth straight trip to the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational, Oct. 20-22, in Bradenton, Fla. The University of Central Florida hosts the annual event at Isleworth Country Club. The fall portion of the schedule will end in Kiawah S.C. at the Kiawah Classic at Turtle Point Golf Club, Nov. 3-5, hosted by Charleston Southern.
The spring schedule begins for the fifth year in a row at the Southwestern Invitational in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Pepperdine University hosts the event, Jan. 27-28, at North Ranch Country Club - just outside of Malibu.
"The spring semester is always enjoyable starting the year in southern California," O'Keefe said. "The Southwestern Invitational field will include NCAA Champion Stanford, Arizona State, UCLA, USC and host Pepperdine. A new tournament for us at Wexford Plantation in Hilton Head, will be a nice treat as well. The remaining events include Bethune-Cookman, The Linger Longer, our home tournament, the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational presented by Valspar, and then the MEAC Championships. All in all our best schedule since I have been here."
After the west coast visit, Augusta shifts locations closer to home and competes in the Wexford Plantation Intercollegiate in Hilton, S.C., Feb. 24-25, at Wexford Plantation. Francis Marion University hosts the two-day tourney.
For the second season in a row, the Jags will head to the Gary Freeman Invitational, March 12-13, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Augusta will play at LPGA International Golf Club in Bethune-Cookman's event. March will end with AU's fifth consecutive visit to the Linger Longer Invitational, co-hosted by Kennesaw State and Mercer, March 20-22, on the Great Waters Course at Reynolds Lake.
The Jaguars host the 42nd edition of their home tournament with the Augusta Haskins Award Invitational presented by Valspar, April 4-5, at Forest Hills Golf Club – home of the Jaguars. The annual tournament is hosted by the Augusta Golf Association and takes place on the eve of The Masters. The 2020 field for AU's home event includes Augusta, Arizona, Arizona State, Army, Central Florida, College of Charleston, Georgia, Georgia State, Houston, Kennesaw State, Notre Dame, Pepperdine, South Carolina, South Florida, and Virginia Tech.
Augusta ends its regular-season schedule at the Mid-Eastern Conference Championships, hosted by the MEAC in April. The time and location have not been announced at this time. AU joined the MEAC as an associate member in 2015.
The 2020 NCAA Regional tournaments will take place May 18-20 at six predetermined locations. Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Michigan State, Oklahoma, and San Diego will play host to the regional competitions. The 2020 NCAA National Championships will be held May 29 – June 3 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona State hosts the finals at Grayhawk Golf Club.
"We will be challenged at the beginning of each semester with top notch fields," O'Keefe said. "The guys will know where they stand and where we are as a team right from the start. We will hit the ground running once classes begin."
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