NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Loaded with trips across the northeast and two tournaments in the Midwest, the Merrimack College women’s golf team and head coach Nick Crovetti are excited to unveil the team’s 2015 fall schedule.
The Warriors – who won the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Golf Championship last April – will compete in six total events and tournaments over the first two months of the year beginning on Saturday, Sept. 5, and culminating on Monday, Oct. 12.
“We are excited for the 2015-16 campaign which will include a mix of local events along with a few in the Midwest,” Crovetti said. “I am optimistic we will get off to a great start, building confidence before the NE-10 Championships, Super Regional Preview, and Bing Beall Classic. Two newcomers, Krystal and Olivia, coupled with seven returnees will help fill the void from last season as we graduated our first-ever recruiting class. We are in store for another exciting year as we compete with the goal of qualifying for the DII Super Regionals in May.”
The season officially begins on the first Saturday of September when they take on league rival Southern New Hampshire in a dual match held at Lake Sunapee Country Club in New London, New Hampshire. At last year’s league championship, Merrimack topped SNHU by over 100 strokes over the two-day event, and also finished ahead of the Penmen at last year’s Merrimack Invitational.
The Warriors head to the Keystone State to participate in the Michael Corbett Fall Classic hosted at Lake Shore Country Club in Erie, Pennsylvania, the following weekend, where more than 18 teams will be in attendance. A week later, the team returns to Lake Sunapee, which is a private golf course designed by legendary golf course architect Donald Ross, for the Lady Penmen Invitational on Sept. 19-20.
Merrimack will look to defend its league title during the final weekend of September at the 2015-16 NE-10 Women’s Golf Championship; the league voted to move the conference tournament to the fall season, one weekend ahead of the men’s tournament. The league – which is expected to expand from a four-team field to six-team tournament with the addition of Adelphi and American International – will head to Sands Point, New York, where Adelphi will host the two-day tournament at the Village Club of Sands Point from Sept. 25-26. The course recently underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation.
Last year, the Warriors soared to their first league title by winning the two-day tournament by 31 strokes and boasted four of the tournament’s top-10 finishers, including the top-three overall.
As the calendar turns to October, Merrimack will round out the fall season in the Midwest against some of the best competition it will face all year; the Warriors will compete at the Dan Salisbury Memorial Collegiate (Division II Super Regional Preview) at Piper Glen in Springfield, Illinois, from Oct. 3-4, before heading to Findlay, Ohio, for the William Bing-Beall Fall Classic – the venue that will host the 2017 NCAA Division II Championship – the following weekend (Oct. 11-12).