Jan. 10, 2014
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's golf team is looking forward to a spring schedule that will take it as far west as Arizona, as far south as Florida, and into a new conference championship against some of the best programs in the country.
After competing in six spring tournaments, including a new event within their home state, the Huskies will play in the first American Athletic Conference championship, to be held on April 27-29 at the Copperhead Course at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club near Tampa, Fla., a PGA Tour stop for many years.
Teams from SMU, Houston, Memphis, Louisville, Temple, UCF, USF, Cincinnati, and Rutgers will join UConn in the AAC Championship.
"It's an exciting time to be a Husky golfer with our new conference partners in the AAC," said UConn golf coach Dave Pezzino. "In my opinion, it's now one of the strongest golf conferences in the country. I think we will have several at-large NCAA team championship qualifiers and the league is full of elite players."
Before competing at Innisbrook, UConn will play in six tournaments, including a new event, the New England Invitational, on April 12-13, which UConn will co-host with the New England Division 1 Golf Association at Mohegan Sun Country Club in Baltic, Conn. UConn expects to be the sole host of the event in future years.
The Huskies' spring season will begin on Feb. 24-25, when UConn competes in the Snowman Getaway, hosted by Loyola University-Maryland at the Palm Valley Golf Course in Goodyear (near Phoenix), Ariz.
The schedule continues for the Huskies on March 2-3, when they travel to Bluffton, S.C., to participate in the Colleton River Collegiate Golf Tournament, hosted by Michigan State, at Colleton River Plantation Dye Course.
On March 15-16, UConn moves on to Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., as George Mason University hosts its tourney at the El-Campeon Course at Mission Inn Resort and Golf Club.
Later that month, on March 28-30, the Huskies will play in the Spring Break Championship, hosted by Florida Atlantic, at the Fountain Golf Course in Boca Raton, Fla.
The New England Invitational is next on UConn's schedule on April 12-13. Following that, on April 19-20, the Huskies wrap up their regular season in State College, Pa., as they compete in the Rutherford Collegiate Tournament, hosted by Penn State on the Penn State Blue Course.
The first AAC Champion will be crowned on April 27-29, followed by NCAA postseason competition for those who qualify.
"I'm excited to challenge our guys once again with a national schedule that will take us to Arizona, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and in our own state," Pezzino said. "I am proud that our team will get to play on such outstanding golf courses against such high-level competition."