The University of Colorado and men’s head golf coach Roy Edwards announced the team’s 2018-19 schedule Thursday, and it features many familiar annual tournaments along with a couple of first-time affairs.
The Buffaloes are coming off a successful year, highlighted by their best finish in the Pac-12 Championships – second – in the seven years that CU has been a member of the conference. CU was ranked No. 43 for the year (out of 299 schools that sponsor the sport), and qualified for the NCAA Championships for a sixth straight year. The team set numerous team and individual records, including chopping a full stroke off the team’s season stroke average.
Colorado opens the season, its 106th competing as a varsity sport, down Interstate 25 in the Gene Miranda Air Force Falcon Invitational, Sept. 7-9. The Buffs have finished third in the event the last two years; it will be the 15th time the Buffaloes open the fall season in AFA’s annual tournament.
Next up will be Utah’s Huntsman Springs Invitational in Driggs, Idaho (Sept. 17-18), the first time the Buffaloes will compete in the event. One week later, the Buffaloes will once again host the Mark Simpson-CU Invitational at their home course, Colorado National Golf Club in Erie on Sept. 24-25. It will be the ninth annual event honoring Simpson, who coached the team for 29 years, from 1977 until his death in 2005. CU will be gunning for sixth-straight win in its own tourney.
CU will then close out a busy September by competing in the New Mexico Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque (Sept. 28-29). Ten days later, the Buffs will finish up the fall portion of their schedule in the University of Denver’s Paintbrush Invitational (Oct. 8-9) at Colorado Golf Club in Parker. It will be the second “annual” tournament that began in 2016, but last fall’s event was snowed out.
Colorado is scheduled to open its spring season for the 14th straight year on Hawaii’s Big Island in the Amer Ari Invitational (Feb. 7-9); that follows an annual Alumni Match in Scottsdale in January. Currently, the Kilauea volcanic activity is some 50-plus miles away on the other side of the eastern side of island.
Five tournaments follow ahead of the Pac-12 Championships, set for April 22-24 in Eugene, Ore.: Wyoming’s (Palm) Desert Intercollegiate (Feb. 22-24), the Lamkin San Diego Classic (March 11-12), Arizona’s National Invitational Tournament in Tucson (March 18-19), Stanford’s “The Goodwin” in Palo Alto (Mar. 28-30) and Arizona State’s Thunderbird Intercollegiate in Tempe (April 12-13). CU has played in all several times with the exception of the Arizona tourney, in which it is making its first appearance.
The NCAA regionals are set for May 13-15 at six different sites: Ames, Iowa; Athens, Ga.; Louisville, Ky., Myrtle Beach, S.C., Palo, Alto, Calif., and Pullman, Wash. Those six regionals will each send five teams on to the NCAA Championship Finals, which are set for May 24-29 in Fayetteville, Ark.