June 30, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - High-caliber tournaments at Washington, Northwestern, Cal and Stanford, along with the Aggies' own Prestige at PGA WEST, highlight the 2013-14 UC Davis men's golf schedule released on Sunday.
"Our goal in putting together our schedule is two-fold: to compete against the greatest teams and the greatest players on the greatest courses," said head coach Cy Williams. "We also want to give ourselves the best opportunity to be successful and earn a berth into the postseason. We feel we've accomplished both once again."
UC Davis has captured two of the past three Big West Championships and narrowly missed a berth into the NCAA Regionals this season. The Aggies' schedule mirrors much of this past year's, matching UC Davis against some of the top programs in the country.
The Aggies open the fall portion of their season on Sept. 17, traveling to the Kikkor Husky Invitational at the University of Washington. The Huskies finished sixth in the final Golfstat rankings. UC Davis had a strong showing at the event last year, finishing fourth.
Tournaments at Northwestern - where the Aggies were fifth last season - and at top-ranked Cal provide a formidable start to the year. They'll finish the fall in late October at the Pacific Invitational after placing fourth in their most recent visit.
The second half of the season starts once again in early February at the Amer Ari Invitational at Waikoloa, Hawai'i, which annually features one of the strongest fields. The 2013 tournament showcased five top-10 teams and 10 in the top 50.
For the second consecutive season, UC Davis will once again co-host The Prestige at PGA WEST in La Quinta in the spring after moving it from the fall following the 2011 event. Stanford will join the Aggies as co-host as the teams welcome again another talented field. Washington and USC tied for last season's title. The tournament, which will be played at the Greg Norman Course, is one of college golf's most highly regarded tournaments.
The Bandon Dunes Championship, played at one of the nation's premier layouts at Bandon Dunes Golf Course in Oregon, follows The Prestige at PGA WEST, along with Stanford's U.S. Intercollegiate and the Wyoming Cowboy Classic.
UC Davis will make final tuneups for the Big West Championships by hosting the third annual Winchester Classic at beautiful Winchester Country Club in Meadow Vista in mid-April. The conference championship tournament will be played at Soboda Springs Country Club for the second straight year and bring to a close the regular season.
"We're competing in some of the strongest events with the top athletic and academic schools in the country," said Williams. "Our schedule last year was rated one of the strongest in the country and should be once again this year."
UC Davis welcomes back nine returners this fall as it looks to return to the NCAA postseason.