ATHENS, Ga. — The Georgia women’s golf team will travel to many extremely familiar locales during its 2023-24 season. The Bulldogs’ schedule, which was released by head coach Josh Brewer on Friday, includes six of the same events as a year ago. The other three tournaments also have been part of Georgia’s slate during Brewer’s 11 seasons in Athens.
“We pride ourselves on playing a schedule that challenges us, both against the best teams in the country and in different playing conditions,” Brewer said. “One of the main reasons we do so is prepare ourselves for postseason play and competing for a national championship. With the NCAA expanding to six Regionals last year, we want to make sure we do our best to compete on courses similar those sites.”
Georgia’s schedule includes four fall and six spring competitions, culminating with the 52nd annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
The Bulldogs will open their season on Sept. 11-12 at the College of Charleston’s Cougar Classic for the third straight year. On Oct. 2-3, Georgia will venture to the Windy City Collegiate Classic for the first time since 2017. The fall campaign concludes with UGA’s third trip in as many years to the Illini Invitational and the Stanford Intercollegiate on Oct. 9-10 and Oct. 20-22, respectively.
Georgia’s February includes trips to the Collegiate Invitational at Guadalajara Country Club and the San Diego State Classic. Georgia competed in each event for the first time ever in 2023.
The Bulldogs will then play in the 10th straight edition of the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on March 4-6 before competing in the Valspar Invitational in Augusta on March 9-10. Georgia last competed in that event in 2018. The Bulldogs’ trip to Tallahassee, Fla., on March 15-17 for the Florida State Match-Up will be their first since 2013. Georgia won the tournament that season, providing Brewer with his first victory as a collegiate head coach.
The Liz Murphey wraps up Georgia’s regular season on March 29-30. The tournament will feature a 36-18 format with play on Friday and Saturday of Easter weekend.
The Bulldogs will open postseason play at the SEC Championships on April 12-16. For the first time since 2013, the tournament will be held at a new location. After 11 tournaments at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, the SECs will be held at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., from 2024-26. The course is a mainstay on the LPGA Tour, hosting The Annika driven by Gainbridge at Pelican. It also was site of “The Match,” which featured Tiger Woods, Rory McElroy, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas in December 2022.
The six NCAA Regional sites on May 6-8, 2024 are in Auburn, Ala.; Cle Elum, Wash.; College Station, Texas; East Lansing, Mich.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and Winston-Salem, N.C. The NCAA Championships will be contested on May 15-22 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
Georgia is coming off back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Championships for the first time since a span of four consecutive trips from 2006-09. The Bulldogs tied for fifth at the 2022 NCAAs, their best finish in two decades. Last spring, Georgia tied for 14th at the national championships, giving the Bulldogs their 29th top-20 finish in the last 45 years.