Spartanburg, S.C. – After playing in five tournaments during the fall and turning in solid results, USC Upstate head men’s golf coach Todd Lawton has announced the schedule for the spring semester with six tournament on tap for the Spartans.
Upstate will make a return trip to five of the six tournaments, including a seventh appearance in the A-Sun Championships held on the Legends Course at the Chateau Elan Resort in Braselton, Ga., April 19-21. The Spartans will also return to play in the Sea Best Seafood Invitational, General Hackler Championship, Furman Intercollegiate and Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational. The Spartans will make their first ever visit to the Jones Invitational hosted by
“This spring will represent the strongest competition we have faced in program history,” said Lawton. “Over the course of the year (including the fall semester), the team will face five new venues and teams from nearly all the major conferences including the Pac 12. “This gives us our best preparation for the A-Sun Championship in
Upstate will open the spring season at the Sea Best Seafood Invitational played on the Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass Feb. 2-4. It marks the fifth time the Spartans will play in the tournament and the first time in the last three years the tournament will not be played on the STADIUM Course at TPC Sawgrass. Upstate had its best showing in the tournament last year, finishing fifth. The Spartans will travel across the country to play in the Jones Invitational Feb. 23-24 for the first time in program history. The tournament is hosted by Pepperdine at the Valencia Country Club in Valencia,
After playing its first two tournaments out of state, Upstate will play three in a row in South Carolina, starting with the General Hackler Championship March 9-10 at the Dunes Beach and Golf Club in Myrtle Beach. The Spartans played in the tournament in 2011 and will return for a second time. Upstate finished sixth in last year’s Furman Intercollegiate in its first appearance in the tournament and will make a return trip March 27-29. The Spartans will close out the “regular season” portion of its schedule at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational April 13-14. The tournament is hosted at the Country Club of Spartanburg and Upstate will make its seventh appearance in the event. The team has two second-place finishes in its history playing in the tournament.
Upstate will close out the spring at the A-Sun Championships as one of eight teams vying for the conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Regionals. It marks the fourth consecutive year the tournament has been played on the Legends Course at the Chateau Elan Resort and the fifth time in the last six years. Upstate’s top finish in the tournament came in back-to-back sixth-place efforts in 2010 and 2011 when the conference had 12 and 11 members, respectively.
2015 Upstate Men’s Golf Schedule
Feb. 2-3 – at Sea Best Seafood Invitational (Jacksonville)
Feb. 23-24 – at Jones Invitational (Pepperdine)
March 9-10 – at General Hackler Championship (Coastal Carolina)
March 27-29 – at Furman Intercollegiate
April 13-14 – at Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational
April 19-21 – at A-Sun Championships