Aug. 2, 2016
By: Tim Andrzejewski (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2016-17 Golf Schedule
HOUSTON — Rice golf coach Justin Emil announced the release of the Owls 2016-17 schedule, Tuesday afternoon. The Owls will compete in 12 tournaments, including five in the state of Texas.
"The team has had a great summer with solid performances from almost all of our guys," said Rice head coach Justin Emil. "I'm excited for our schedule this season as it presents many great opportunities across the country and right here at home with our two home tournaments, the Bayou City Collegiate Classic and All-American Intercollegiate. We have some good continuity in our schedule and also a few new ones that will help give our guys a fresh look at some teams we don't see on a regular basis. We also get some great opportunities against some top 25 programs. With strong finishes our schedule will position us for the postseason, but our main focus is our day to day process in both the classroom and on the course."
Rice begins the season Sept. 12-13 at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate in Hattiesburg, Miss., hosted by Conference USA foe Southern Miss. This is the seventh consecutive year that the Owls open the year at the Sam Hall.
A week later, the Owls travel to Fort Collins, Colo., for the Ram Masters Invitational. This is the third time that that Rice will participate in the event and the first since 2014.
Rice will then team with Houston and Sam Houston State to co-host the Bayou City Collegiate Championship in Pearland at Golfcrest Country Club, Oct. 10-11. It is the fifth straight season that they co-host the event.
The Owls close the fall slate, Oct. 29-30, when they travel to Mobile, Ala., for their first-ever visit to the David Miller Collegiate Invitational, hosted by South Alabama.
The spring campaign begins Feb. 17-19 at the All-American. Rice co-hosts the event with Houston, which will be played in Humble, Texas at the Golf Club of Houston. This will be the second straight year that the Owls will participate in the event and the 39th time overall.
A week later, the squad travels to Cabo, Mexico for the Querencia Cabo Intercollegiate, Feb. 26-28. It then makes its second straight trip to Laredo for the Border Olympics, Mar. 10-11. Last year, the Owls finished in third-place.
Rice begins a stretch of four tournaments in four weeks, beginning with a trip to San Antonio for the Lone Star Invitational, Mar. 20-21, hosted by C-USA foe UTSA. Last year, the Owls took home runner-up honors.
The Owls then make its first trip to Little Rock, Ark., since 2010 when it participates in the Little Rock Intercollegiate, Mar. 27-28.
Rice will make its second trip to Mississippi to begin April when it participates in the Old Waverly Intercollegiate for the first time since 2013.
Rice closes the regular season on Apr. 10-11 in Austin at the Jim West Intercollegiate, where it finished in third-place last year. Mitchell Meissner led wire-to-wire to win his first career tournament.
The Conference USA Championship will take place in Texarkana, Ark., for the third consecutive year and the sixth time overall, Apr. 23-26.
NCAA Regionals take place May 15-17 at campus sites, with Northern Illinois hosting the NCAA Championship in Sugarloaf, Ill., from May 26-31.
The Owls return seven members of last year's team, including last year's leading scorer Mario Carmona and Conference USA All-Freshman Team member Will Voetsch.