STORRS, Conn. (December 9, 2008)-- The University of Connecticut Men’s Golf program, under second-year head coach Dave Pezzino, announced its spring schedule Tuesday, an ambitious slate that features six tournaments in four different states against some of the top competition in the country.
“This spring we will once again play a schedule that will give our team the chance to play against some of the toughest competition in the nation,” said Pezzino. “My philosophy on our schedule is if we play a tough schedule, we will learn how to compete like champions. This spring, we will travel to Texas, Georgia and Florida on three different occasions. I am excited for our program and I think with continued development and hard work, this will be an exciting time to be a Husky Golfer.”
The Huskies open the season at the Rice Intercollegiate on February 15-16 in Houston, Texas. “This is our first time playing at Rice and I am excited,” said Pezzino. “I have heard this is a extremely well run event with a strong field.” The Huskies then travel to Florida to compete in The Rio Pinar Invitational, what Coach Pezzino calls “a great test for our guys”. UConn heads back to Florida on March 6-8 for The Ron Smith/USF Championship played at the extremely Challenging Lake Jovita Resort. “This tournament serves several purposes,” says Pezzino. “It is another competitive field and will be a great source of preparation for the BIG EAST Championship which will also be played at Lake Jovita. In addition, the team will play and practice during spring break at some strong Florida courses and have the opportunity to get some quality work in during the break.”
After spring break, UConn will travel to Georgia for competition in the Linger Longer Invitational, hosted by Kennesaw State and Mercer University. “The Linger Longer always has an extremely strong field and this year will be no different,” comments Pezzino. “This year’s field includes Oklahoma State and several other top 50 teams. We need to compete against schools like this so our players can compare themselves to the best. It is also a chance to play at a world class facility, Reynolds Plantation. The golf course alone is amazing, but to be able to compete with those top teams at that facility is a great asset for our program.”
UConn will complete the regular season portion of its schedule at the Princeton Invitational, “a tournament with another strong field played on a quality course,” according to Pezzino.
The Huskies close out the schedule when it returns to Florida for the 2009 BIG EAST Championship. “Every year the BIG EAST Championship is as challenging as any conference championship in the country,” says Pezzino. “This year we will return to Lake Jovita with a little experience from playing it earlier in the semester. That experience will help, because the league is loaded with talent and winning this championship is one of our team goals.”