Milberger Unveils 2014-15 Women's Golf Schedule
Aug. 16, 2014
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State head women's golf coach Emily Milberger announced her 2014-15 season schedule on Saturday, a schedule that adds new tournaments and competition, as well as a home tournament in the fall portion of the season schedule.
"Heading into my second season here in Fresno I am thrilled about the level of energy and enthusiasm inside the program," Milberger said. "It is always a fun challenge to add new courses and new competition, it will definitely give our team some strong experiences as we continue to grow as a program."
The 'Dogs will open the season at a familiar course, the Ptarmigan Country Club for the Ptarmigan Ram Classic in Fort Collins, Colo. The trip to Colorado State's Sept. 8-9 tournament will mark the fifth consective season the Bulldogs will have opened their year at the annual classic.
The next week, Sept. 15-16, Fresno State will make its first trip to the Minnesota Invitational held at the Minikahda Club, an event the University of Minnesota inaugurated last season. This year's invitational is scheduled to have nine teams at the event that earned NCAA regional berths a season ago.
The Bulldogs will host the Fresno State Classic, Oct. 6-7, a date that marks the program's first time to host the annual home tournament during the fall semester. Also a first for the women's golf team, the tournament will be hosted at San Joaquin Country Club. A season ago at Copper River Country Club, coach Milberger led her 'Dogs to her first team win at the annual Fresno State Classic as a first-year head coach.
"I am thrilled to be hosting our home event at San Joaquin Country Club," Milberger said. The fall weather in Fresno creates amazing course conditions, paired with an excellent facility to host other college programs should create an ideal event for all involved," Milberger said.
Two week later, the 'Dogs will embark on a new course, the Hoosier Fall Invitational, Oct. 17-19, at Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind. The following week, the fall season will conclude at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Boulder Creek Country Club, a course where the team fired their lowest tournament scoring average of the season in 2013, a 299.5.
With an even divide of five regular season tournaments per semester, the 'Dogs will have five tournaments to prepare for the Mountain West Championships after the winter break, beginning at the Long Beach State Gold Rush on Feb. 9-10.
Fresno State returns to the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational in San Jose, Calif. next, Feb. 23-24. Two weeks later a trip to the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Oahu awaits the team. The University of Hawai'i will host the event at Kaneoho Klipper Golf Course.
On March 20-21, Kansas State and Missouri will host the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz. at Saddlebrook Country Club. To cap the regular season, Fresno State will travel to the Ole Miss Rebel Intercollegiate in Oxford, Miss., April 3-5, at the Ole Miss Golf Course - with the exception of the trip to San Jose, each tournament in the spring will bring a new challenge to the women's golf team as they will all be new courses to conquer.
"Our entire roster is coming off strong summer performances and I know each one of our players have excellent performances ahead this season," Milberger stated about the challenges of the upcoming schedule.
The season will culminate with the Mountain West Championships, April 20-22, at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. For the 'Dogs third season in the MW, the end of season conference championship will be held at Mission Hills Country Club.
"Definitely keep an eye on Madchen Ly and Gudurn Björgvinsdóttir," Milberger added. Each of these players had excellent performances in last year's post season and they are both looking ahead to even more success this season. I am also really looking forward to seeing Hannah Sodersten in action this year as her game has made good strides, coupled with some solid summer performances, I think she is poised to have a really good year.
"It's so exciting as a coach to see and hear about each player's expectations and goals, that I know will be a driving force throughout the season."
The season tee's off in 23 days at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic, keep current with the Fresno State women's golf team at GoBulldogs.com.
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