Men’s golf was in the news today. The Huskies announced what looks like a pretty interesting schedule which is sure to catch the attention of the hard core golf fans.
Before we jump into the what / where details, let’s recap where the men’s golf program is right now.
The 2016-17 season was one of change as the Huskies endured the loss of head coach Matt Thurmond to Arizona State. Thurmond was a long time coach at UW who had mentored some of the best golfers to ever wear the purple and gold. Stars such as C.T. Pan, Nick Taylor and Chris Williams all were products of Thurmond’s coaching and his vacancy left fans wondering what might come of the program.
The reigns of the program were given to current head coach Alan Murray - the 2014 Golfweek coach of the year hailing from the University of Alabama - Birmingham. Murray inherited a solid UW roster led by sophomore Carl Yuan and senior Corey Pereria. The Huskies put together a good season going into the NCAA regionals ranked 30th in the nation. But a 7th place finish left observers feeling that UW hadn’t quite lived up to the talent of their roster.
2017 figures to be a pivotal year. Pereria has moved on leaving the program firmly in the hands of Yuan and reliable senior Frank Garbers. Senior Jordan Liu will also be counted on while upside will be sought out in the form of sophomore Henry Lee and former Bainbridge star Frank Warkentin, also a sophomore.
Golf is a full year sport at UW. As such, the Huskies schedule will be made up of five fall events and another seven in the spring.
9/11-12 The Invitational, Ocean Course (Kiawah Island, SC)
9/18-19 Inverness Intercollegiate (Toledo, OH)
10/1-3 Nike Invitational (North Plains, OR)
10/9-10 Alister MacKenzie (Fairfax, CA)
10/29-31 Warrior Wave Invitational (Princeville, HI)
1/29-30 Arizona Intercollegiate (Tucson, AZ)
2/17-19 The Prestige (Palm Springs, CA)
3/5-7 Southern Highlands Collegiate (Las Vegas, NV)
3/18-19 The Hayt (Ponte Verde Beach, FL)
3/29-31 The Goodwin (Palo Alto, CA)
4/7-8 Western Intercollegiate (Santa Cruz, CA)
4/23-25 PAC 12 Championships, Rolling Hills Country Club (Los Angeles, CA)
By the time this group of Dawgs gets to the PAC 12’s, they should be a pretty hardened group having experienced a wide range of courses and competition. While it is hard to see how things will go for UW when pit against the good teams expected to come out of Oregon, USC and Stanford, we can expect some good matches and strong individual accomplishments.