STARKVILLE, Miss. – Following the most successful run in program history that ended at the NCAA Championships, the Mississippi State women’s golf team finalized a revamped schedule for the 2013-14 campaign that features some of the nation’s premier events and the second annual Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational.
The Lady Bulldogs will open the season at the Cougar Classic on Sept. 8-10 at the Yeamans Hall Club in Charleston, S.C. This will be MSU’s sixth appearance in the College of Charleston-hosted event with its last coming in 2010. Last season’s event was ranked as the eighth-toughest field nationally.
State will make its third-straight appearance in the Mercedes Benz Women’s Collegiate Championship on Sept. 20-22 at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn. The one-time-host of the SEC/Pac-12 Challenge, the Tennessee-hosted event is a perennial destination for top-tier teams.
After hosting the first regular season tournament in MSU women’s golf history a season ago, State will again host the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Miss., on Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
“We are again thankful and ready to show off Old Waverly in our second-annual tournament,” Ginger Brown-Lemm, who enters her fourth season at the helm of the Lady Bulldogs, said. “It is a championship course and we are grateful that Mississippi State can utilize it on a daily basis. We are continuing to grow this event into a national destination each season and this year’s tournament is another step toward our goal.”
To conclude the fall, the Lady Bulldogs will travel to Austin, Texas, for the Betsy Rawls Invitational on Oct. 13-15 at the UT Golf Course. It will only be MSU’s second appearance in the event hosted by Brown-Lemm’s alma mater, Texas.
For the first time since winning the event in 1999, State will return to the Seminole Challenge hosted at Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Fla., on Feb. 14-16. That 1999 club shattered the program’s 18-, 36- and 54-hole records at the event.
Ranked as the fourth-toughest tournament a season ago, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic will be MSU’s next destination. Hosted by Tulane at the English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans, the event pits some of the nation’s top teams against each other in an early spring matchup on Feb. 23-25.
For a unique experience, the Lady Bulldogs will travel Honolulu, Hawaii, for Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational on March 12-13. Hosted at the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, the event traditionally hosts an SEC program. It will be MSU’s first appearance in Hawaii.
After their run to the NCAA Championships at the UGA Golf Course a season ago, the Lady Bulldogs will return to Athens for the Liz Murphey Invitational on April 4-6. This will be MSU’s 14th appearance in the event with its last coming in 2010.
Last season, the Liz Murphey Invitational was rated as the toughest tournament in the nation, edging the NCAA Championships’ field.
“The Liz Murphey is an incredible event,” Brown-Lemm said. “We are privileged to be invited and look forward to returning to the UGA Golf Course where we competed for a national title last season. It is a prime event to gear up for the SEC Championships and the postseason”
The SEC Championships will remain at Greystone Country Club in Birmingham, Ala., on May 20-22.
Postseason play will begin with the NCAA Regionals on May 8-10 at various sites and will conclude with the NCAA Championships on May 20-23 at the Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.