A Look at the Complete 2008-09 Men's Golf Schedule
Aug. 4, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University Men's Golf team is set to travel from coast-to-coast in 2008-09, playing in collegiate golf's most challenging events. Over the past few weeks, IUHoosiers.com has previewed Indiana's four biggest tournaments, but now its time for the release of the complete schedule.
"I really think this schedule will prepare our guys for postseason play at the Big Ten and NCAA Championships," said Head Coach Mike Mayer. "We have several opportunities to play against the best programs in the country, and that's exciting."
Indiana's four `majors' include the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational, Isleworth UCF Collegiate, Collegiate Match Play Championship and the United States Collegiate Championship. Olympia Fields and Isleworth will be played in the fall while the Collegiate Match Play and United States Collegiate Championships are part of the spring schedule for the Hoosiers.
The season begins with a short trip to Zionsville, Ind., and the Wolf Run Intercollegiate on Sept. 13-14. The Cream and Crimson finished in third place out of 15 teams in last year's event. Indiana returns to two more tournaments in which they took third place a year ago as well in Olympia Fields (3rd/12) and the Windon Memorial Classic (3rd/13). The 2008 version of Olympia Fields is set for Sept. 19-21 and the Windon Memorial Classic will be played Oct. 5-6. Sandwiched in between those two competitions is the Cardinal Intercollegiate on Sept. 29-30 over in Louisville, Ky.
Next up for IU will be a trip to Tiger Woods' home course, Isleworth. The Isleworth UCF Collegiate is one of three tournaments in which the Hoosiers will face off against each of the top-five teams at last season's NCAA Championship. Isleworth, scheduled for Oct. 26-28, marks the conclusion of the IU fall schedule.
The Hoosiers get back to action in the spring with back-to-back `major' tournaments. The Collegiate Match Play Championship will run from March 22-24 and the United States Collegiate Championship follows on April 5-7. Indiana will get little rest then, however, competing the next two weekends as well. No travel is necessary for the first weekend as Indiana hosts the adidas Hoosier Invitational on Apr. 11-12 before wrapping up the regular season at the Boilermaker Invitational and the Kampen Course, site of last season's NCAA Championship.
"We were able to put together a terrific schedule this year," said Mayer. "It all starts with the four `major' tournaments, surrounded by other great events with very good playing fields."
The 2009 Big Ten Championship is hosted by Penn State, running from May 1-3. Playing sites for the NCAA Regional (May 14-16) have not yet been determined while the NCAA Championship (May 27-30) will be played in Toledo, Ohio at Inverness.
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