SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Head coach Alex Hamilton announced the 2017-18 Wofford men’s golf schedule on Thursday afternoon. Wofford will compete in four regular season tournaments in the fall and five in the spring. The Terriers conclude the regular season by hosting the Wofford Invitational, a two day, 54 hole tournament Wofford has hosted since 1988.
“We have a great slate lined up for this season. I’m looking forward to getting underway in the fall and getting out on the course to see how we compete,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton’s 2017-18 squad consists of five seniors, three juniors, one sophomore and three freshmen. The Terriers lose 2017 Southern Conference Golfer of the Year, Andrew Novak, as well as Jeremy Grab, a mainstay in the lineup and Cam Andrade.
“Losing our senior class, especially when we had the conference player of the year, will be tough,” said Hamilton. “We need some young guys to step up and fill in roles. We will have some good tests early in the season and we will be able to see what we are working with right off the bat.”
Wofford’s fall season begins in late September. The Terriers compete in the Mark Simpson Invitational, hosted by Colorado, Sept. 25-26. The next weekend Wofford heads up the road to Raleigh to play in the Wolfpack Fall Open. The tournament, held Oct. 2-3 at the Lonnie Poole Golf Club, has been a mainstay on Wofford’s schedule for the last few years.
“Starting the season off by opening with power five hosts in Colorado and NC State will be good for us,” added Hamilton. “We will need to have our game sharp to play well in those tournaments and start the season off like we would like.”
On October 21-22 the Terriers will compete in the Camden Collegiate, held at Camden Country Club and hosted by South Carolina. Wofford finished third in the Camden Collegiate last season, behind tournament champion James Madison and host school, South Carolina. The Terriers conclude the fall season Oct. 28-29 with the Steelwood Collegiate Invitational. The tournament is hosted by the University of South Alabama and held at Steelwood Country Club.
“The Camden Collegiate is a fun tournament and will again prove to be a good test for us,” said Hamilton. “The following week, I’m looking forward to getting back to Alabama and seeing the team in action in the Steelwood Collegiate Invitational. Having coached at South Alabama, I’m familiar with the course and the tournament. There will be a good field so we will need to play well to have some success.”
The fall season will definitely show us where we stand,” he added. “It’ll be nice to have some results and see some play so we can then regroup and work to improve going into the spring season.”
The spring season kicks off in late February when the Terriers head to Hilton Head to take part in the Wexford Intercollegiate. The tournament, hosted by Francis Marion and played at Wexford Plantation, has been a regular on the Terriers schedule recently as well.
A week later, Wofford heads to Aiken to compete in the Palmetto Intercollegiate. The tournament, held March 4-6, is held at the prestigious Palmetto Club.
“The Palmetto Club is my home course, so I’m looking forward to going home and taking the team down there. It’ll be great to see what we can do on a course I, and most of the team, are familiar with. USC Aiken and Coach Carlisle always put on a first class tournament and the field will be strong.”
The Terriers third tournament of the spring season is slated for March 17-18. Wofford will take part in the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular, hosted by George Mason, in Howie-In-The-Hills, Fla.
“Mission Inn is one of the nicer courses in Florida, and I think that trip will be a fun one for the guys.”
The Terriers stay in the upstate for the final two tournaments of the regular season. Wofford will play in the Furman Intercollegiate March 23-25. In 2017, the Terriers finished fifth out of 21 teams in the field.
“Furman always has a nice field and it’s nice to stay local and play close to home,” noted Hamilton. “It’ll be a good test.”
Wofford’s regular season concludes by hosting the Wofford Invitational April 9-10. The tournament is held at the Terriers’ home course, the Country Club of Spartanburg.
“It’s always exciting to host a tournament and the Country Club of Spartanburg is a wonderful, first class place,” said Hamilton. “We don’t take hosting lightly and we look forward to hosting a good field. Hopefully we will have a good showing in front of the home crowd.”
The Southern Conference championship is slated for April 22-24. The tournament will return to Pinehurst, N.C. with the eight conference teams playing Pinehurst No. 9.
“As with any championship, we will head to Pinehurst hoping to bring back a trophy,” said Hamilton. “Hopefully we can be competitive and be playing our best golf at the end of the season.”