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Gamecock Men's Golf Announces 2016-17 Schedule
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Gamecock Men's Golf Announces 2016-17 Schedule

Aug. 9, 2016

2016-17 Schedule | Printable Schedule

COLUMBIA, S.C. — University of South Carolina men’s golf released its 2016-17 schedule on Monday. The Gamecocks have four tournaments on tap for the fall and six in the spring, looking to build on historic season from a year ago.

Under head coach Bill McDonald, who is the program’s winningest coach with 19 career tournament victories, Carolina closed the 2015-16 season with its best NCAA Championship performance in program history. The Gamecocks finished seventh in the stroke play portion of the event, a Carolina record, and they qualified for match play for the first time in school history. The Gamecocks finished the year ranked No. 10 in the Golfstat Relative Rankings, marking its second-consecutive Top 10 finish, and claimed four tournament titles, one shy of matching the school record set in 2014-15.

“There are so many quality events in both the fall and the spring now, which makes it a challenge to schedule tournaments that give you a variety of experiences for the program,” head coach Bill McDonald said. “I feel strongly that we have a good blend of familiar and new this upcoming season, and we should be thoroughly prepared for the postseason by the end of next spring.”

Carolina is set to open its 2016-17 campaign at the Carpet Capital Collegiate Sept. 9-11 at The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face, Ga. The Gamecocks finished third at the event last season after winning the title the year prior.

Two weeks later, the Gamecocks travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., for the Maui Jim Collegiate Sept. 23-25 at the Tom Fazio-designed Mirabel Golf Club.

The Gamecocks will host the Camden Collegiate Invitational Oct. 22-23 at Camden Country Club in Camden, S.C. Carolina will enter the field as the two-time defending champion of the event.

Carolina will wrap up the fall at the Ka’anapali Collegiate in Lahaina, Hawaii, Nov. 4-6 at the Royal Ka’anapali Course. The voyage marks the second-consecutive year Carolina has travelled to the Aloha State after a top-five finish at the tournament last season.

For the fifth-straight year, the Gamecocks will open the spring at the All-American Intercollegiate Feb. 17-19 at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. Carolina earned a top-three finish at the event last season after winning the title the year before.

The Gamecocks will take part in four tournaments during the month of March. Carolina will defend its back-to-back titles at the Palmetto Intercollegiate March 6-7 at the historic Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, S.C, where they earned an 18-stroke victory last season. The Gamecocks return to the General Hackler Championship March 11-12 at Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where they took the crown last season. Carolina heads to the Valspar Collegiate Invitational March 19-21 at the Floridian in Palm City, Fla., before closing out the month with the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate March 26-28 at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw, S.C.

Carolina wraps up its regular season at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate April 9-10 at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C.

The Gamecocks will play at the SEC Championship April 21-23 at Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simons Island, Ga. NCAA Regionals are scheduled for May 15-17, while the NCAA Championships will be held May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.