July 12, 2011
By Megan Spedden, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee women's golf team, led by twelfth-year head coach Judi Pavon, has announced its 2011-12 schedule as the Lady Vols look to make a fourth-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships. The season schedule includes four fall tournaments and four spring contests before entering postseason play.
"This year we have a really competitive schedule," Pavon said. "We are going to have a strong team, so we have put together a very challenging schedule so we can prepare ourselves for postseason through the regular season."
The fall season will open Sept. 11-13 with a trip to Charleston, S.C. for the Cougar Classic presented by Piggly Wiggly.
After competing in South Carolina, the Lady Vols will not waste any time jumping into rigorous competition as they travel to Nashville September 23-25 for the Fall Preview. The tournament, hosted by Vanderbilt University, boasts a field comprised of some of the most highly-touted teams in the country.
"The Fall Preview over at Vanderbilt will be a highlight of the fall," Pavon said. "The top-12 finishers from nationals last year and the top-10 ranked teams in the country get invited so we are excited to be going to that. That will be a really strong field and a good opportunity to see the golf course that the national championship will be on."
The Lady Vols will travel to North Carolina to compete in the UNC Tar Heel Invitational October 7-9 before returning home to play host to the Mercedes-Benz SEC/Pac 12 Challenge. The Challenge, which will take place at Holston Hills Country Club, will wrap up the fall season.
Returning from a four-month hiatus, the team is slated to begin spring competition at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Invitational in Hilton Head, S.C. March 2-4. The following weekend the Lady Vols will travel to Baton Rouge, La. where they will face off in the LSU Classic.
The Big Orange is then scheduled to make the trek to Hawaii for the Maui Spring Invitational, taking place March 26-27 at the Kapaula Bay Course. "We haven't been [to Hawaii] in five or six years so the players are really looking forward to that," Pavon said. "Hawaii put together a pretty strong field so there will be two or three really good teams there that we'll face so it will be another opportunity for good competition."
The team will wrap up regular season play with the Bryan National Collegiate Invitational hosted by UNC-Greensboro April 6-8.
The 2011-12 championship season begins in Fayetteville, Ark., where the Razorbacks will host the SEC Championship at Blessings Golf Course April 20-22.
The nation's top 72 teams will be invited to participate in NCAA Regionals from May 10-12. The field will be divided into three regional sites hosted by Penn State, Ohio State, and Colorado.
A top-eight finish at a regional tournament will mark a return trip to the state of Tennessee for the Lady Vols. The 2012 NCAA Championships, hosted by Vanderbilt, will be held May 22-25 in Nashville.