July 11, 2014
Vanderbilt head coach Greg Allen, now in his eighth year as the Commodores' mentor, announced the team's 2014-15 schedule on Friday, one that has his squad taking part in the nation's toughest tournaments and taking a trip to Hawaii in October. Vanderbilt will host their prestigious tournament, the Mason Rudolph Championship, September 19-21.
"Anytime you see a schedule with Hawaii as a destination, you know it’s going to be a good one," said Allen. "Like every year, we have set up a challenging schedule where our young ladies can have a chance to compete against the very best. I’m really excited about the inaugural Annika Intercollegiate. It’s neat to see Annika wanting to give back to the collegiate game. The fall will also take us back to a very good tournament at UNC where our teams have played well in the past. And it wouldn't be college golf if we didn’t get to host the Mason Rudolph."
The Commodores open their season at the Mason Rudolph, which will be played on the South Course for the first time at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. Vanderbilt plays at the Annika Intercollegiate presented by 3M September 28-30, and then goes to Chapel Hill, N.C., to play in the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational October 10-12. The Commodores close out their fall schedule with a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, to participate in the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Invitational.
In the spring, Vanderbilt will play four tournaments - the UCF Challenge (February 8-10), the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (February 22-24), the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (March 6-8), and the Bryan National Collegiate (April 3-5) - before the SEC Championship April 17-19 in Birmingham, Ala.
NCAA Regional play takes place May 7-9 at four regional sites - San Antonio, Texas, South Bend, Ind., St. George, Utah, and Raleigh, N.C. The NCAA Championship, which will be a mixture of three rounds of stroke play and an eight-team match-play format, will take place at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
"The spring takes us back to some tournaments that we haven’t played in recent years and one that has quickly become our favorite – the Darius Rucker at Long Cove Club," said Allen. "The most interesting change with our spring schedule will come in the postseason as the NCAA has added a fourth regional to the mix and we will now mirror the men’s national championship format and play the same golf course the week before on Golf Channel – very similar to what they just did with the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens."