FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Less than three weeks from the beginning of the 2016-17 season, the Northern Arizona University golf team has released its schedule for the upcoming year.
In total, the Lumberjacks will compete in 10 different tournaments throughout the fall and spring, starting with the Hobble Creek Fall Classic in Springville, Utah, Sept. 12-13.
"When you look at our schedule, of the 10 tournaments we play in, five of them are different from last year," said Head Coach Brad Bedortha. "We have a lot of variety, and I like to change it up for our team."
One of those tournaments new to this year's schedule will be Portland State's Rose City Intercollegiate, a tournament NAU has not competed in since 2012, occurring Sept. 26-27. It will be a quick turnaround for the Lumberjacks, though, as they will leave Portland, Ore., for Palm Desert, Calif., and the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate, taking place Oct. 1-2.
"It's going to be kind of a crazy week for our team, but from a timing standpoint it just worked out the best," said Bedortha.
The fall portion of the schedule will close out with a trip to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Palmetto Intercollegiate, Oct. 23-25.
"I'm excited about the fall," said Bedortha. "The only concern is having those two tournaments back-to-back, but other than that, it'll be awesome. I'm looking forward to it."
The Lumberjacks open up the spring traveling to Riverside, Calif., for the two-day Battle at the Rock tournament hosted by UC Riverside, Feb. 13-14, before coming back in-state for the Rio Verde Invitational, Feb. 24-26.
From there, NAU will host its annual Red Rocks Invitational, which will now be a 54-hole event with the first 36 holes being played Saturday, March 4, and the final 18 taking place Sunday, March 5.
Following the NAU home tournament will be the Sacramento State Invitational, March 20-21, and the Arizona State PING Invitational, April 7-9. The season will once again culminate in Boulder City, Nev., with the Big Sky Championships. In 2015, the Lumberjacks finished third overall at the conference tournament.
"At the end of the day, I'm excited about the schedule," said Bedortha. "There's some nice variety in there and some traveling. It should be fun."