CARBONDALE — The SIU men's golf team will play in 12 out-of-state tournaments in four different time zones in 2019, the program announced Monday.
The Salukis come off a historic season where they won their second-ever Missouri Valley Conference championship and finished 10th at the Louisville NCAA Regional. The Salukis return six members from the championship-winning squad and have once again drafted an incredibly competitive schedule that aided last year's success, according to coach Justin Fetcho.
"We tell recruits and our current players that you are going to have the opportunity to compete against some of the best players and best teams in the country and I believe this schedule backs up that statement," Fetcho said in a statement. "We are playing in 12 different states, so we will get a chance to experience different climates, conditions and time zones. I believe all of that helps prepare you for the NCAA postseason because you could be shipped anywhere in the country."
The Salukis are set to compete in six tournaments during the fall, the program's most since the 2012-13 season. SIU will open the 2019-2020 campaign at the Murray State Racer Invitational (Sept. 8-9), and continue with the UAB Graeme McDowell Invitational (Sept. 23-24), the Cincinnati Bearcat Invitational (Sept. 30-Oct. 1), the NC State Wolfpack Intercollegiate and the Little Rock Invitational (Oct. 21-22). SIU will close the fall season with a trip to the Hawaii Ka'anapali Classic Invitational (Nov. 1-3) in Maui for the second-straight year.
The Salukis begin the spring portion of their schedule at the Florida State Seminole Intercollegiate (Feb. 22-23). SIU will then compete in three March contests, at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate (March 7-8), the Louisiana Classics (March 15-16) and the Craft Farms Intercollegiate (March 30-31) in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Southern closes out the regular season with trips to Purdue and Iowa for the Boilermaker Invitational (April 11-12) and Hawkeye Invitational (April 18-19).
The postseason push starts with the MVC championships April 27-28 in Flossmoor, where SIU will look for its third title in the last five years. NCAA regional competition will last from May 17 to 20, while the NCAA championships will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona, from May 29 to June 3.
"This schedule gives us the ability to experience a part of the country that we may have to play in when NCAA regionals are announced," Fetcho said. "I am very excited with the way the schedule came together this year and am looking forward to going to some familiar places and some new ones as well."