EAST LANSING - Michigan State men’s golf coach Casey Lubahn has announced the Spartans’ schedule for the upcoming 2017-18 season. The Spartans will play 12 events, six in both the fall and spring, at some of the nation’s most challenging courses.
“This is both an exciting and aggressive schedule,” Lubahn said. “It’s as good of a schedule as we’ve had and we’ll play some of the best golf courses in the country.”
The Spartans will play their first of six fall tournaments Sept. 10-11 when they travel to the Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minnesota. It will mark the fifth consecutive year Michigan State will begin its season with the Gopher Invitational.
Michigan State will make consecutive trips to Ohio to end September to take part in two familiar tournaments. The Spartans will play in the Inverness Intercollegiate, Sept. 18-19, in Toledo and then in the Bearcat Invitational, Sept. 25-26, in Cincinnati. MSU claimed the Bearcat Invitational title last season.
Two tournaments reappear on the Spartans’ schedule for the first time since 2013, the Erin Hills Intercollegiate and the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate. The Erin Hills Intercollegiate will take place Oct. 1-3 in Erin, Wisconsin, and the Crooked Stick two weeks later, Oct. 16-17, in Carmel, Indiana.
“Inverness is a historic course; Erin Hills just had the US Open this summer; and Crooked Stick has had several PGA events,” Lubahn said. “We have a relatively young group and we’ll put them to the test in the fall with six events and see what they’ve got.”
MSU will wrap up the fall by looking to defend its Quail Valley Intercollegiate title, Oct. 23-24, in Vero Beach, Florida. The Spartans claimed their second straight Quail Valley title last year.
“Quail Valley is a highlight of the fall and it’s a great experience for our student-athletes,” said Lubhan.
The spring season will commence with the annual Big Ten Match Play Championship in Palm Coast, Florida, Feb. 9-10.
The Spartans will meet Penn State in The Challenge at Champions on Feb. 24 in Houston, Texas, and then head to Bluffton, South Carolina, for the Colleton River Collegiate, March 12-13.
The month of March will conclude for the Spartans with a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina, for their first-ever appearance in the Seahawk Intercollegiate, March 25-26.
MSU will return to the Hawkeye Invitational for the first time since 2014, April 14-15, in Iowa City.
The final tune up for the conference championship will be the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate in Columbus, Ohio, April 21-22.
The 2018 Big Ten Championships will take place at the Baltimore Country Club for the second straight year, April 27-29.
NCAA Regionals will be May 14-16 and the NCAA Championships will be held in Stillwater, Oklahoma, May 25-30.