Tournaments featuring many of the nation’s top teams from last season’s NCAA Championships headline the 2018-19 Alabama women’s golf schedule, which head coach Mic Potter announced on Friday.
The Crimson Tide will play in four tournaments during the fall portion of the schedule, with a pair of tournaments in September and two more in October. Alabama will open the season with an appearance in the ANNIKA Invitational, Sept. 17-19, at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minn. Along with the Crimson Tide, the field will include 2018 NCAA match play participants Arizona, Duke, Northwestern, Stanford, UCLA and USC.
Alabama will then travel to Norman, Okla., Sept. 28-30 to compete in the Schooner Fall Classic at the Belmar Golf Club for the third consecutive season and will be defending its 2017 title at the event.
The Tide will visit Austin, Texas for the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational, Oct. 19-21, at the University of Texas Golf Club. Alabama tied for the title in its last appearance in Austin in 2012. The fall schedule will close with the East Lake Cup at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Oct. 29-31.
For the fifth year in a row, Alabama will return to Southern California to open the spring portion of the schedule at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Feb. 3-5. The Tide will then travel to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate from March 8-10. The appearance will be the eighth for Alabama at the Darius Rucker, a tournament the Tide has won five times, including each of the last three seasons.
The regular season will wrap up with the Evans Derby Experience in Auburn, March 23-25, and the Liz Murphey Intercollegiate in Athens, Ga., April 11-13. Alabama will be making its second appearance at the Evans Derby and will be returning to the Liz Murphey as the defending champion after winning last year’s event. The Tide will be making its 37th appearance in the Liz Murphey, one of the oldest tournaments in women’s collegiate golf.