Men's Golf Releases 2017-18 Schedule
Aug. 9, 2017
"We're excited to get our season started," GU Head Coach Robert Gray said. "Once again, we'll have a competitive schedule beginning with the Maui Jim with six of the 14 teams ranked inside the top 50 last year. It will be a great opportunity to see where we are with our young team, where five of the eight players are underclassmen.
"Our schedule takes us to some different locations this year, which will give us the opportunity to play in some new climates and against some opponents we rarely get to compete against. We are young and we'll have a few bumps in the road, but we have a great group of young men and we'll have a lot of great moments, as well."
The Zags make their debut at the Maui Jim Invitational at the Desert Forest Golf Club on Sept. 22. The three-day event is hosted by Georgia State. The inaugural tournament welcomed a field of 16 teams last season at the private par-71 course in north Scottsdale. LSU finished 41-under par and won the title in 2016.
On Oct. 2-3, GU plays in the Nick Watney Invitational in Fresno, Calif. Fresno State hosts the fourth annual event at the San Joaquin Country Club. Watney turned pro in 2003 following a career at Fresno State from 2000-03. He has since earned 49 career top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour. BYU won the event last year.
Continuing a string of new events, the Bulldogs make the trek to Kennesaw, Ga., for the Pinetree Intercollegiate on Oct. 23-24. The Zags will be tested in a talented field at the Pinetree Country Club. The event is in its seventh year, and the hosts, Kennesaw State claimed the team title in 2016.
Once again, the Bulldogs close the fall at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic in Lahaina, Hawaii, from Nov. 3-5. It's the fourth year of the growing event, and the fourth straight appearance from Gonzaga in the tournament. The field has included some of the top programs from across the country. Three years ago, the Zags recorded the program record for lowest team total in a round at 274.
Last year at the tournament, GU had its lowest round since that 2014 performance, totaling 276 (-8) in the third and final round, which ranks as the third-lowest team round in program history. David Ganz carded a 67 (-4) Sunday, which matches his career-low round and the fourth-lowest in GU history. The Zags have placed 11th in the event the past two seasons.
Gonzaga opens its spring slate at the Loyola Intercollegiate on Feb. 25. The two-day tournament is played at the Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Ariz. Loyola University Maryland hosts the event for the fifth straight year. The tournament has a long history known as the Snowman Getaway on the par-72 Palms Course. The Bulldogs were third in the 2014 event.
On March 11-13, the Bulldogs host the Bandon Dunes Championship for the ninth straight season. The tournament has rotated between the resort's four beautiful courses on the Oregon coast the past eight years. This season, the championship will be played on the Pacific Dunes Course.
The Zags make their annual appearance in the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in Chandler, Ariz., on April 9-10. GU has appeared in the event in each of the past eight years. They won the tournament in 2013 by six strokes. Last season, the Bulldogs came in 17th place.
The 2018 West Coast Conference Championships will be played in San Diego, Calif., on April 16-18. Gonzaga placed ninth at last year's WCC Championships.
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