Utah Valley University head women's golf coach Dr. Sue Nyhus released her team's 2017-18 schedule, and it features 10 tournaments in all, which includes hosting the annual Hobble Creek Fall Classic in early September.
The Wolverines will travel to seven different states on the year, with tournaments ranging from Hawaii to Arkansas. In all, UVU will take part in three events in Arizona, two in Utah and one each in Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Oklahoma and Washington.
"Getting the 2017-18 team together over the past couple of days for our yearly meetings sent my excitement soaring for the new year," said Nyhus. "We have a solid returning core and some hungry freshmen that have tournament experience, and we're definitely looking forward to the season."
Utah Valley opens its season by hosting the annual Hobble Creek Fall Classic at Hobble Creek Golf Course in Springville on Sept. 11-12. After finishing ninth at the home event a season ago, UVU looks to contend for the tournament title this year as it returns a pair of former All-WAC performers in Carly Dehlin and Ana Raga, as well as sophomore Justine Lauer, who capped her freshman year by placing fourth at the 2017 WAC Championship.
Following the opening-season tournament, UVU heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Oral Roberts' Bob Hurley Shootout on Sept. 26-27. Utah Valley then travels to Palm Desert, California, for the Wyoming Cowgirl Fall Classic on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. The Wolverines then compete at Seattle U's Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational on Oct. 16-17, in Lakewood, Washington, before closing the fall campaign at the Little Rock Women's Golf Classic on Oct. 29-31, in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.
Following the winter break, Utah Valley returns to the links on Feb. 24-25, for the GCU Invitational at Grand Canyon University Golf Course in Phoenix. The Wolverines then head to St. George, Utah, on March 12-13, for the BYU at Entrada Classic at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club before capping the month of March at Hawaii's Anuenue Spring Break Classic on March 26-28, at Kapalua Golf Club in Maui.
UVU then closes its regular season on April 9-10, at Montana State's Bobcat Spring Invitational in Goodyear, Arizona, prior to returning to Phoenix for the 2018 WAC Championship the very next week, April 16-18, at the Legacy Golf Club. The Wolverines placed fourth at last year's WAC Championship but finished just eight strokes back of the four-time defending WAC Champion New Mexico State Aggies.
"Our schedule is strong with the event in Palm Springs to help us prepare for the desert golf that will be required to win the WAC," said Nyhus. "We will meet teams from nearly every state in our schedule. With strong finishes in these mixed fields our national rankings will improve. It's just about time to start the best year ever for UVU women's golf."
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.