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July 19, 2019 at 7:54 am #94199
The West Virginia University golf team will look to build on last season’s historic success as the Mountaineers embark on their 2019-20 slate, announced by Director of Athletics/Associated Vice President Shane Lyons on Wednesday.
The Mountaineers make their return to ten regular-season tournaments and will host The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational and the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational. A new season-opener and a new head-to-head matchup complete the schedule, which will serve as a follow up to a history 2018-19 schedule in which WVU saw its first NCAA action in 72 years.
“We are excited about this year’s schedule as it will be the most challenging do date,” coach Sean Covich said. “Luckily we are able to return to several familiar golf courses which should help our guys prepare. We want to provide a tough schedule so that our guys can play against the best in college golf on some of the best golf courses around. We lost two outstanding seniors in Max (Sear) and Tristan (Nicholls), so we will need to have our guys step up.”
To start the season WVU travels to Independence, Minnesota, to make its debut at the prestigious Gopher Invitational. Minnesota will play host to the event on Sept. 8-9 at Windsong Farm Golf Club. The Mountaineers will make their return to the Old Town Club Collegiate Invitational at Old Town Club in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Sept. 23-24. Kurtis Grant tied a program record at last year’s event, hosted by Wake Forest, with a three-round score of 206 for a 12th-place finish.
The squad returns home to host The Health Plan Mountaineer Invitational at Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia. The defending champion Mountaineers will host Akron, UConn, Davidson, Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, George Washington, James Madison, Marshall, Towson, Rice, Southern Mississippi, Washington State, Xavier and Youngstown State on Oct. 7-8.
The second annual Big 12 Match Play Championship will take place Oct. 11-13 at the Golf Club at Houston Oaks in Houston, Texas. Following that, West Virginia will join UCF in hosting the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational for the third consecutive season at Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, Florida, from Oct. 20-22. The Mountaineers and the Knights will play host to South Carolina, LSU, Auburn, Florida, Vanderbilt, California, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Texas, Illinois, Augusta, UNLV and Minnesota.
West Virginia will cap 2019 fall play in Hawaii, as the team competes in the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic Lahaina for the third straight season. The tournament, hosted by Hawaii, will play out at the Royal Ka’anapali Golf Course in Lahaina from Nov. 1-3.
The Mountaineers return to the links on Feb. 2 with a head-to-head tilt with UConn at Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, Florida – the first of three straight tournaments in the Sunshine State. They’ll play in the Florida Gator Invitational on Feb. 15-16, which is set to be hosted by the Gators at Mark Bostic Golf Course in Gainesville. The following week WVU returns to the Seminole Intercollegiate, hosted by Florida State on Feb. 22-23 at Golden Eagle Golf and Country Club.
West Virginia will take part in The Hootie at Bull’s Bay Intercollegiate, hosted by South Carolina from March 22-24. The Mountaineers made their debut in last season’s event at Bull’s Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, South Carolina. The squad will return to the Carolinas soon after, as they compete in the Irish Creek Collegiate on April 4-5. Davidson and Charlotte will co-host the event at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, North Carolina.
Per tradition, the Mountaineers will cap the regular season at Penn State’s Rutherford Intercollegiate, held April 18-19 at the Penn State Blue Golf Course.
The Big 12 Men’s Golf Championship returns to Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with Oklahoma State serving as host of the event from April 27-29.July 19, 2019 at 4:19 pm #94211
This program has come a long way fast. Can’t wait till we get the new practice facility up and running. Then we’ll see what type of golfers we can attract.July 19, 2019 at 4:29 pm #94212
How did WVU get to host the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational for 3 years in a row?July 19, 2019 at 5:12 pm #94215
I’m not sure of all the details, but WVU and Central Florida co-host the Tavistock Collegiate, which is played in Orlando. Usually in golf, hosting means mainly administrative duties. I’ll ask, but probably WVU’s athletic department sends a few extra people down to help UCF run it.July 20, 2019 at 5:52 pm #94238
Hosting largely entails getting schools to lay but at Tavistock the field is not an issue.
Having hosted a collegiate event for few years the host school really did not su much. I handled all the accommodations, transportation, food, prizes, money… etc. I would communicate with the host coach frequently but there wasn’t much to it from his end other than promoting the event among his colleagues.
We were actively looking for a Top 20 program to co-host to strengthen the field.July 20, 2019 at 8:22 pm #94239
UCF makes sense since they are right there. It’s a Win for WVU to host. New program that is eager to promote itself. Win for Tavistock to get a P5 host. Win for UCF to pair up with a B12 team to try to gain a foothold if/when the B12 expands.July 20, 2019 at 8:28 pm #94240
Mex….. you need to put together a package for WVU fans to visit your place, play some golf and enjoy the area. Feb/Mar to get us out of the snow. Get Greg/Kevin and a couple FB coaches to talk about their teams. Golf lessons for all…..July 20, 2019 at 8:50 pm #94241
I think the biggest win might be WVU securing a spot in such a prestigious event. Co-hosting does the trick in that regard.
Butler, I’m out of the golf/resort biz for now but may jump back in if the right opportunity presents itself here in Cabo. I’d be happy to do the legwork if there were a decent group of fans that wanted to do what you suggest.July 20, 2019 at 9:15 pm #94243
Mex, some of the power brokers …… Kevin / Greg ….. need to start a ground swell for something like this. I’m sure there would be a decent number of WVU Alum that would like a week out of the winter doledrums.
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