ATHENS, Ga. — A pair of spring tournaments at the University of Georgia Golf Course headline the Georgia women’s golf team’s 2022-23 schedule, which was announced by head coach Josh Brewer on Monday. The Bulldogs will host both the 51st annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on March 24-26 and an NCAA Regional on May 8-10.
Georgia’s regular-season schedule features four fall and five spring events, with seven of the same tournaments as the 2021-22 season which culminated with the Bulldogs’ best finish at the NCAA Championships since 2002.
“I have always believed in playing a very national, and this year international, schedule so it prepares our team for the postseason,” Brewer said. “It would be easy to say we will stay in our conference footprint this year since we host the NCAA Regional in the spring. Our recent postseason success has allowed us to be invited to many of the country’s best tournaments so I believe it is important to challenge ourselves in all types of grasses and weather.
“Our schedule is also a massive recruiting advantage,” Brewer added. “If you believe you are elite, then you want to compete against other players and teams ranked highly. As is common, our schedule will rank inside the top-10 toughest in college golf.”
Georgia will open the season at the Cougar Classic in Charleston, S.C., on Sept. 12-13 and also compete in the Mason Rudolph Championship in Franklin, Tenn., on Sept. 23-25; the Illini Invitational in Medinah, Ill. on Oct. 10-11; and the Stanford Intercollegiate on Oct. 21-23.
The Bulldogs’ spring season will begin with a trip south of the border for the Guadalajara Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 5-6, followed by the Lamkin San Diego Invitational on Feb. 13-14. Georgia will return to the East Coast for the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate on Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Feb. 27-March 1 before trekking to Arizona for the Clover Cup on March 10-12 in Mesa, Ariz.
“While it’s important to challenge ourselves now, it is also important to think forward,” Brewer said. “The NCAA Championship moves to San Diego in 2024. We have used the Clover Cup to play Grayhawk and prepare for the national championships. We will do the same when traveling to the Lamkin in future years.”
The Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic on March 24-26 in Athens rounds out the regular-season schedule for the Bulldogs.
“Of course, the highlight of our schedule is the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic,” Brewer said. “Coach Murphey had a vision over fifty years ago that women who wanted to play sports should have equal opportunities. Her dream helped shape Title IX. If Coach Murphey could see college athletics today, I believe she would be proud. Truthfully, she might be a little surprised how far we have advanced. Our sport is on TV, we charter flights to compete, our players are able to be receive NIL money. We are excited to end our regular season at home and honor Coach Murphey.”
The SEC Championships will be held at Greystone Golf and Country Club on April 12-16.
As tournament host, Georgia will participate in the NCAA Regional at the UGA Golf Course on May 8-10. Six NCAA Regionals will be held simultaneously on those dates to determine the field for the NCAA Championships on May 19-24. The national championships will be held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the third consecutive year.
Georgia will return eight of 10 letterwinners from last year’s team that tied for fifth at the NCAA Championships, the Bulldogs’ best finish at the national championships in two decades. All five golfers who competed in the 2022 NCAAs will return to Athens this fall, led by fifth-year Jenny Bae and senior Candice Mahé. Bae and Mahé tied for sixth individually at the NCAA Championships last spring, making Georgia the only team with two top-10 individual finishers in Scottsdale.
2022-23 University of Georgia Women’s Golf Schedule
Date Tournament Course Location
9/12-13 Cougar Classic Yeamans Hall Club Charleston, S.C.
9/23-25 Mason Rudolph Championship Vanderbilt Legends Club Franklin, Tenn.
10/10-11 Illini Invitational Medinah Country Club Medinah, Ill.
10/21-23 Stanford Intercollegiate Stanford Golf Club Palo Alto, Calif.
2/5-6 Guadalajara Collegiate Invitational Guadalajara Country Club Guadalajara, Mexico
2/13/-14 Lamkin San Diego Invitational The Farms Golf Club Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
2/27-3/1 Darius Rucker Intercollegiate Long Cove Club Hilton Head Island, S.C.
3/10-12 Clover Cup Longbow Golf Club Mesa, Ariz.
3/24-26 Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic UGA Golf Course Athens, Ga.
4/12-16 SEC Championships Greystone Golf & Country Club Birmingham, Ala.
5/8-10 NCAA Regionals UGA Golf Course Athens, Ga.
5/19-24 NCAA Championships Grayhawk Golf Club Scottsdale, Ariz.