Women’s Golf unveils 2022-23 schedule

South Dakota Women’s Golf released its 2022-23 schedule on Friday. The Coyotes will compete in five tournaments in the fall and six tournaments in the spring, rounded out by the Summit League Championships in late April. USD will tour the country in the 2022-23 season, highlighted by tournaments that include Power Five programs and top Division I talent.

“We have six new tournaments coming up that will offer our student-athletes new life and sporting experiences as we take us across the United States,” said USD Head Coach Brett Bennett. “Competiting with these events gives us a great opportunity to see where we stack up against a few Power Five schools and some of the best mid-major programs.”

The season begins in September with the first two tournaments in Missouri. The Coyotes begin the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial Tournament hosted by the State of Missouri on September 12-13. The next event at State Show Me is the Johnie Imes Invitational. This tournament is a three-day event starting on September 26th and will be hosted by Missouri.

After opening the year in Missouri, South Dakota heads to the West Coast for a two-day tournament in Tacoma, Washington. The Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational takes place on October 3rd and 4th and is hosted by Seattle University. The Coyotes then move from the west coast to the east coast to complete the fall plan. Florida International is hosting the Pat Bradley Invitational on October 15-17 in Sarasota, Florida before Wofford is hosting the Terrier Intercollegiate on October 24-25 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to close out the fall season.

The spring schedule begins with a highly anticipated tournament in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tulane will host the Tulane Classic on February 13-15. South Dakota then travels to Arizona for the Rio Verde Invite, where they broke two records last season. The team hit a 6-over par in the second round of the tournament, which is a record for the lowest round in terms of par in team history. On the final day of action at last year’s Rio Verde Invite, the Coyotes hit a 302 in the third round to bring their three-round total to 904, which set a new program record for the team’s lowest 54-hole finish.

USD will be free a few weeks after the Rio Verde Invite before heading to Boulder City, Nevada for the Jackrabbit Invitational on March 13-14. The Jackrabbit Invitational is the only tournament for the Coyotes in March. Then the month of April begins with a new tournament for South Dakota. The Pinetree Women’s Collegiate, hosted by the State of Kennesaw, will be held April 3rd and 4th in Kennesaw, Georgia. The regular season concludes with a familiar tournament for the Coyotes at the Stampede at the Creek. Like the Rio Verde Invite, South Dakota set two new records when it competed in the Stampede at the Creek. USD shot a 290 as a team in the second round of last year’s Stampede at the Creek. The 290 set a new program record for the lowest team turn in program history. Not only did the Coyotes finish the tournament with their third consecutive second place finish, but they also broke the 54-hole record again with a total score of 894.

The season concludes with the Summit League Championships in a new host city of Lincoln, Nebraska. The tournament is a three-day event taking place from April 23rd to April 25th. USD placed fourth at last year’s Summit League Championships with two people placing in the top 20.

South Dakota is bringing back three golfers from last year’s roster. Molly Fossen will be playing for the Coyotes in her fifth season and is coming off her best year yet. She has had two top 10 finishes, including a career-high finish after placing fifth at the Diane Daugherty Invite. Fossen also hit new personal lows in singles rounds and 54-hole scoring last year. Danica Badura and Akari Hayashi return for their junior season to add more experience to the lineup. Badura was second on the team last year with a 76.73 shot average and had three top 10 finishes in her sophomore year. Hayashi was third on the team last season with an average of 77.66 and finished the spring schedule with three straight top-10 finishes. The Coyotes round out the roster with three freshmen Emma Henningsson, Catie Nekolaand Alexa Wingnean.

“The season is upon us,” said Bennett. “I am ready for our team to come to Vermillion and get to work preparing for these events.”

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