Aug. 19, 2010
EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's golf Head Coach Derrick Brown announced his 2010-11 schedule with tournaments featuring some of the top teams and conferences in NCAA Division I.
The Cougars open the fall portion of the schedule in Lawrence, Kan., at the Kansas Invitational Sept. 20-21. The field includes several Big 12 programs as well as some tough southern schools.
"I'm excited to start the year with a quality tournament," said Brown, who enters his second year leading the men's golf program. "We want to go out there right away and see where we stack up against some top schools. This will give us an idea of what we need to work on for the rest of the fall."
From there, SIUE will travel to Lemont for the DePaul Invitational from Sept. 25-26, an event that excites Coach Brown because of the opportunity it presents to get the Cougar name out for recruiting.
The Cougars will return to action the following week at the D.A. Weibring Invitational in Normal. A solid field awaits SIUE.
"We will see Illinois, Iowa State, Louisville and some other programs that are knocking on the door of the top 50 in the nation," added Brown. "Illinois State has been a great host in the past, and we look forward to competing there again this year."
After a two-week break, SIUE will head to the Austin Peay Intercollegiate, Oct. 18-19 in Hopkinsville, Ky., which features all of schools from the Ohio Valley Conference. This gives the Cougars a chance to compare themselves against their future conference competitors.
The Cougars will close the fall season with their only home event, the DoubleTree Invitational on Oct. 25-26 at Sunset Hills Country Club. "We are excited to play on our home course against all Division I schools from around the Midwest," said Brown.
SIUE will return to the links following the winter break in Chandler, Ariz., Feb. 22-23, for the Washington State Invitational.
"This has another tough field of all northern schools and gives us a chance to go south and get in some play early in the year," added Brown. "While we are there, we can see the things we need to work on for the rest of the spring."
The Missouri State Invitational will feature schools from the Missouri Valley Conference while the Arkansas State Intercollegiate has a field that is southern driven.
"These events will show our guys the depth that you need as a team, one through five, in order to compete with the top programs," said Brown.
The Cougars will close the 2010-2011 season from Apr. 16-17, at the Ball State Invitational in Muncie, Ind., where SIUE will face teams mainly from the Mid-American Conference.
"The goal is to get our players to see as many different teams and conferences as possible to get our name out there," added Brown. "This will give us a chance to compete against not only the OVC, but other conferences as well."