Heading into a new conference with new rivals to take on, the Pacific men's golf team has announced its 2013-14 schedule. Released by head coach Brandon Goethals, the Tigers schedule for the upcoming year features both tournaments old and new while highlighted by the Tigers' SCVB Pacific Invitational.
"This is the best schedule we have put together here at Pacific in my eight years coaching," said Goethals. "The competition will be seriously good and travel experience will key for our young team."
With a new conference to call home, the Tigers have also changed up their home invitational as Pacific will bring the annual tournament to the prestigious Stockton Country Club for the first time. Moving to the new course, the Tigers also shifted the dates of the invitational as a champion will be crowned on Saturday, November 2, after three intense days of action. The Thursday to Saturday layout will provide the Tigers' supporters more opportunities to come out and catch some of the invitational's action including Spectator Saturday. Spectator Saturday will give fans an even better chance to catch the photo finishes that have been commonplace at the Pacific Invitational as well as providing fans food, drinks, and fun throughout the day. The tournament will feature 12 teams from around the country including first time entrants, Long Beach State and Army.
In addition to hosting their own invitational midyear, the Tigers will crisscross the country to find the best tournaments the nation has to offer. Pacific starts its year in Washington at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational before traveling across the US to take part in the Stars and Stripes Invitational hosted by Army. As a final tune-up before the Pacific Invitational, the Tigers head to Durham to take part in the Rod Meyers Invitational for the second straight season.
After a Winter break, the Tigers hit the course for the Spring run towards the WCC and NCAA Championships with a start at the Farms Intercollegiate where Pacific is the reigning champion. A trek to Hawaii and the John A. Burns Intercollegiate closes out February for the Tigers before hitting the course three times in March. Pacific will play at the Sacramento State Invitational to begin the month before heading back to the Pacific Northwest for the Bandon Dunes Championships and the Oregon Duck Classic, two tournaments that have become commonplace on the Tigers' schedule.
In a final tournament before the conference championships, the Tigers head to Texas to take part in the Aggie Invitational to begin the month of April. With the final regular season finished the Tigers will take part in the WCC Championships from April 14-16 for the first time as new members of the conference. Pacific will attempt to capture the title for the first time in the conference after taking the Big West title with them upon their exit from the conference in 2012-13.