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Big West Golf Release - September

Season-Opening Tournaments:
A trio of teams kick off the 2014-15 men’s golf season competing at the Southwestern Intercollegiate hosted by Pepperdine and USC at the North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif.  The two-day event runs Sept. 8-9 and features Cal State Fullerton, CSUN and UC Davis from the Big West Conference.

On the women’s side, Long Beach State has the honor of opening the new year at the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic in Fort Collins, Colo.  Hosted by Colorado State, Ptarmigan Country Club is set to host the annual event Sept. 8-9.  Last year 49ers Shawnee Martinez and Kassidy Teare finished ninth and 10th, while the team secured seventh place.

Popular Tournament in NorCal:
The Big West will be well represented at the Saint Mary’s Invitational Sept. 15-16 at the Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Club (yardage - 7,104; par - 72) in Seaside, Calif., as six of the nine schools are slated to compete.  Joining the Gaels in the northern California event are Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, Long Beach State, UC Davis and UC Riverside.

Quartet Heads To The Desert: A handful of the women’s teams will get a taste of the competition in the Big West Conference as four teams are headed to Palm Desert, Calif., for the Wyoming Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate.  Cal Poly, CSUN, UC Riverside and Hawai’i will be representing the Big West at the The Classic Club.

UC Riverside Hires Ritchie: There is a new face at the helm of the UC Riverside women’s golf program as LPGA professional Mary Ritchie was hired as the Highlanders new Head Women’s Golf Coach on July 1, 2014 following previous success both playing and coaching.  Ritchie worked as the director of instruction/teaching professional at Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Club in Moreno Valley, Calif., since 2006, and was at Temeku Hills Golf and Country Club in Temecula, Calif., from 2003 through 2009.  She was a touring professional in 1999, playing on the Futures Tour, US Challenge Tour, West Coast Ladies Tour, and Canadian Women’s Tour. Additionally, she finished in the top 10 in over 30 events, including three tournament wins, and a third place finish in the 2004 LPGA T&CP Championship.

September Tournaments


Sept. 8-9    Southwestern Intercollegiate (Westlake Village, Calif.) - Cal State Fullerton, CSUN, UC Davis
Sept. 15-16    Saint Mary’s Invitational (Seaside, Calif.) - CP, CSF, CSUN, LBSU, UCD, UCR
Sept. 28-30    Notre Dame Tournament (Sound Bend, Ind.) - Long Beach State
Sept. 29-30    Nick Watney Invitational (Fresno, Calif.) - Cal Poly, CSUN, UC Irvine
Sept. 29-30    Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational (Erie, Colo.) - Cal State Fullerton

Sept. 8-9    Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic (Fort Collins, Colo.) - Long Beach State
Sept. 15-16    Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational (Albuquerque, N.M.) - UC Davis
Sept. 15-16    Minnesota Invitational (Minneapolis, Minn.) - Cal State Fullerton
Sept. 15-16    Oregon State Invitational (Corvallis, Ore.) - Hawai’i
Sept. 20-22    East & West Match Play Challenge (Ann Arbor, Mich) - UC Davis
Sept. 22-24    Golfweek Conference Challenge (Wolcott, Colo.) - Long Beach State
Sept. 27-28    Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate     (Palm Desert, Calif.) - Cal Poly, CSUN, UC Riverside, Hawai’i
Sept. 29-30    Rose City Collegiate (Aurora, Ore.) - Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine