Tide releases golf schedules for 2011-12

The University of Alabama men's golf coach Jay Seawell announced the release of the Crimson Tide's 2010-11 schedule on Friday that features some of the most competitive tournaments in the nation.

"The 2011-12 schedule should be an excellent test for our golf team," Alabama head coach Jay Seawell said. "We have the opportunity to go to several of the nation's top courses and play against the best competition in collegiate golf. This schedule should challenge us to be at our best when it is time for the SEC and NCAA Championships."

The Crimson Tide will begin the fall portion of its schedule with a return to the Carpet Capital Collegiate for the sixth straight season. The Carpet Capital will be played in Rocky Face, Ga., at The Farms Golf Course on September 9-11.  Alabama will then head north to tee it up for the second straight year at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational at the prestigious Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, Ill., Sept. 16-18.

Next on the schedule, UA will return home to host the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate at the Old Overton Club in Vestavia Hills, Ala., where the field will play 36 holes on Monday, October 3 and the final 18 on Tuesday, Oct. 4.  The Crimson Tide has captured four of the last five team titles and three of the last five individual titles at the Jerry Pate.

Alabama will close fall competition at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational in Windermere, Fla., on Oct. 23-25.  The Crimson Tide will be looking to defend their title at the Isleworth after winning the prestigious tournament for the first time in 2010.

The spring season opens with a familiar stop in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, as the Tide takes part in the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club February 19-21.  The Tide will be making their eight consecutive visit to Puerto Rico, a place where they have captured the team title in 2008 and 2011.

Alabama adds the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters to the tournament slate in the spring of 2012. The Crimson Tide will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., on March 9-11 at the Southern Highlands Golf Club. UA will then make back-to-back trips to the state of Georgia for the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational on March 16-18 and the Linger Longer Invitational on March 24-25.

The Tide travels to the Gary Koch Invitational for the first time in eight years at the Old Memorial Golf Course in Tampa, Fla., on April 7-8.

Postseason play begins April 20-22 with the SEC Championships being held at the Seaside Course in Sea Island, Ga.  NCAA Regional action gets underway May 17-19 and the NCAA Championships begin May 29 at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.

2010-11 Alabama Men's Golf Schedule

FALL                        EVENT                                                      LOCATION

Sept. 9-11        Carpet Capital Collegiate                               Rocky Face, Ga.

Sept. 16-18      Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational        Olympia Fields, Ill.

Oct. 3-4            Jerry Pate National Collegiate Invitational     Birmingham, Ala.

Oct. 23-25        Isleworth Collegiate Invitational                    Windermere, Fla.

SPRING                   EVENT                                                      LOCATION

Feb. 19-17       Puerto Rico Classic                                        Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

March 9-11     Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters         Las Vegas, Nev.

March 16-18   Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational                           Statesboro, Ga.

March 24-25   Linger Longer Invitational                              Greensboro, Ga.

April 7-8          Gary Koch Invitational                                    Tampa, Fla.

April 20-22      SEC Championships                                       Sea Island, Ga.

May 17-19       NCAA Regionals                                               TBA

May 29-June 3   NCAA Championships                                  Los Angeles, Calif.

The University of Alabama women's golf team released its 2011-12 schedule on Friday that gives the Crimson Tide a chance to square off with some of the best competition in the nation.

"We are excited about the challenges that this year's schedule will present," head coach Mic Potter said. "Our schedule will give this team a great opportunity to develop throughout the season. We will have a chance to compete against some of the best teams in the country, and prove that we have what it takes when the postseason rolls around."

The Crimson Tide, fresh of their sixth straight trip to the NCAA Championships, opens the fall slate at the Cougar Classic at the Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Charleston, S.C., on September 11-13. It will be the first trip to the Cougar Classic since a second-place finish in 2008.

The Tide then makes their annual trek to Franklin, Tenn., to play Vanderbilt's Legends Golf Club on Sept. 23-25. But instead of competing in the Mason Rudolph Women's Championship, it will be the Fall Preview. The Crimson Tide won the Fall Preview a season ago at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

Alabama will also look to defend its title at the Tar Heel Invitational on October 7-9 at the UNC Finley Golf Course. The Tide set a tournament record with a 28-under-par total a season ago with Brooke Pancake capturing medalist honors. UA then closes the fall slate with the Pac-10/SEC Challenge at Holston Hills Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 21-23.

The Tide opens its spring slate with the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Golf Club in New Orleans, La. UA finished second there a year ago with Stephanie Meadow capturing medalist honors. The Darius Rucker Intercollegiate is new to the Alabama slate and is scheduled for March 2-4 at the Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

A visit to the Mark Bostick Golf Club in Gainesville, Fla., is next for the Crimson Tide at the Gator Women's Invitational on March 16-18. The Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic follows as Alabama visits Athens, Ga., with the hopes of defending its 2011 title at the University of Georgia Golf Club on March 30-April 1.

After winning the first SEC Championship in school history in 2010 on home soil at the NorthRiver Yacht Club and a runner-up showing last year at Auburn, Alabama will travel to Arkansas' Blessing Golf Club on April 20-22 in search of the conference title.

NCAA regional play begins on May 10 followed by the NCAA Championships at Vanderbilt's Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., starting on May 22. Alabama has reached the NCAA Championships in each of head coach Mic Potter's six seasons.

Alabama returns three of its top four golfers from last year's team that finished eighth at the NCAA Championships and third in the final NGCA Coaches' Poll. Returning starters Brooke Pancake, Jennifer Kirby and Stephanie Meadow will form one of the best trios in the nation.

2011-12 Alabama Women's Golf Schedule                         

Fall                          Event                                                       Course                                                     Location

Sept. 11-13             Cougar Classic                                         Yeamans Hall Club                                 Charleston, S.C.

Sept. 23-25             NCAA Fall Preview                                  Vanderbilt Legends Club                         Franklin, Tenn.

Oct. 7-9                   Tar Heel Invitational                               Finley Golf Course                                  Chapel Hill, N.C.

Oct. 21-23               Pac-10/SEC Challenge                            Holston Hills Country Club                      Knoxville, Tenn.

Spring                      Event                                                       Course                                                     Location

Feb. 26-28               Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate       English Turn                                            New Orleans, La.

March 2-4               Darius Rucker Intercollegiate                 Long Cove Club                                        Hilton Head Island, S.C.

March 16-18           Gator Women's Invitational                   Mark Bostick Golf Course                       Gainesville, Fla.

March 30-Apr. 1      Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic               University of Georgia Golf Club             Athens, Ga.

April 20-22              SEC Championship                                  Blessings Golf Club                                 Fayetteville, Ark.

May 10-12               NCAA Regional Championship               TBA                                                         TBA

May 22-25               NCAA Championships                             Legends Golf Club                                   Franklin, Tenn.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama