Marc Chandonnet, head coach of the Seattle University men’s and women’s golf teams, has announced the 2014-15 competition schedule for both squads, which features each team hosting a tournament and traveling across the country for another tournament.
Both teams will begin their respective seasons Sept. 22-23, with the men’s squad heading to Bremerton, Wash., for the Husky Invitational at Gold Mountain Golf Club, while the women return to Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash., for the Washington State University Cougar Cup.
Each squad is back in action Sept. 29-30, with the women heading south for the Rose City Collegiate at Langdon Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore., and the men traveling to Erie, Colo., for the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational. Both teams will compete for a third straight week, as the men head to Park City, Utah for the Utah Ogio Invitational Oct. 6-7, while the women stay close to home, competing in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington at Sahalee Country Club in Redmond, Wash., Oct. 7-8.
The Redhawk women will conclude the fall portion of the schedule by hosting the inaugural Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational at Tacoma Country Club Oct. 13-14. The tournament, named in honor of the Seattle U Athletics Hall of Famer who was the top golfer on the school’s men’s golf team in the 1950s, is expected to feature Pac-12 schools Washington, Washington State, and Oregon State, as well as Western Athletic Conference foes Grand Canyon and Kansas City.
The following week, the Seattle U men complete their fall season by heading across the United States for the Georgetown Intercollegiate in Beallsville, Md., Oct. 20-21. The men will start their spring schedule first, making their first trip of the year to Arizona for the Arizona Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson Jan. 26-27. That will mark the fourth tournament hosted by a Pac-12 school that the Redhawk men will compete in this year.
Both teams are in action Feb. 9-10, with the women heading to Simi Valley, Calif., for the Matador Invitational, hosted by Cal State Northridge, and the men traveling to Lakeside, Calif., for the Aztec Invitational, hosted by San Diego State at the Barona Resort. Next, the women return to Sedona, Ariz., for the Red Rocks Invitational, hosted by Northern Arizona University Feb. 28 and March 1.
After a month away from competition, the Seattle U men’s golf team returns to action March 9-10 for the Sacramento State Invitational, and then the Redhawks head back to Arizona two weeks later for a tournament hosted by the University of Denver. The following week, the Redhawk women make their cross-country trip to compete in the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate, hosted by Georgia State University in Stockbridge, Ga.
Two months before it hosts the United States Open Championship, Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash., welcomes back the Redhawk Invitational men’s golf tournament for the second straight year Apr. 6-7. A stellar field competed in the inaugural Redhawk Invitational last April, and a similar field is expected again as some of the top collegiate players will play the course right before the best professional golfers in the world descend upon the links course.
At the same time, the Seattle U women will also play a familiar course, returning to Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in Maricopa, Ariz., for the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. These will be the final tournaments of the regular season for both teams, giving the players two weeks to prepare for the conference championships.
For the first time in league history, the Western Athletic Conference will conduct the men’s and women’s golf championships on the same dates at the same course. The eight members of the league will head to Litchfield Park, Ariz., for the conference tournament at the Wigwam Resort Apr. 20-22. The winner of each tournament among the seven league members eligible for NCAA postseason competition will receive an automatic berth into its respective NCAA Division I Golf Championship.
Fans of Seattle University golf are encouraged to attend one of the area tournaments the Redhawks will be competing in during the 2014-15 season. For information on volunteering for either the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational in October or the Redhawk Invitational in April, contact head golf coach Marc Chandonnet at firstname.lastname@example.org.