July 29, 2016
2016 Fall Schedule (Printable Version)
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina women’s golf coach Kalen Anderson released the Gamecocks’ 2016 fall schedule on Friday, announcing a challenging slate that features four tournaments throughout September and October.
“We have another highly competitive schedule yet again this year,” Anderson said. “All year will be a great preparation and representation of the level of play we will see in the postseason.”
For the second time in the last three years, the Gamecocks will open their season at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate (Sept. 25-27). The 54-hole event at Watson Course in Reunion, Fla., will once again boast an impressive 12-team field that includes six schools that finished in the top 10 in Golfstat’s final 2015-16 rankings. South Carolina won the tournament in 2014 before placing ninth last season.
The Gamecocks’ fall slate continues with the Cougar Classic, set to take place Oct. 2-4 at Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, S.C. This season will mark their seventh appearance at the tournament and their first since 2013. South Carolina’s best finish at the event was a fourth-place showing in 2010.
The Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational (Oct. 14-16) in Chapel Hill, N.C., and the Landfall Tradition (Oct. 28-30) in Wilmington, N.C., mark Carolina’s final two tournaments of the fall. The Gamecocks have participated in both events each season since 2010, and they earned top-three finishes at the tournaments during their 2014 fall slate.
South Carolina, which will announce its 2017 spring schedule later this fall, remained among the nation’s elite this past season, advancing to match play at the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history. The Gamecocks placed seventh at the event, their second-highest finish ever, and returning senior Katelyn Dambaugh and recent graduate Sarah Schmelzel earned All-America laurels. South Carolina’s path to the NCAA Championship was highlighted by a share of the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional title. The victory marked its fourth regional championship in the last seven years, and the Gamecocks finished the season ranked No. 15 by Golfstat.