Women’s Golf Releases 2023-2024 Schedule

BOZEMAN, Montana – Montana State women’s golf head coach Brittany Basye released the program’s 2023-2024 schedule on Thursday, featuring an exciting new Big Sky showcase event and a return to seven tournaments from last season. 

The Bobcats will participate in five tournaments during the fall semester before five more in the spring leading up to the Big Sky Conference Championship in April and NCAA postseason action in May. 

The season kicks off on September 10-12 as the team heads to Orem, Utah, to participate for the first time in the Timpanogos Collegiate Invitational at Timpanogos Golf Course, hosted by Utah Valley. 

After an off weekend, Montana State will take part in the highly-anticipated ‘Big Sky 54 for IX’ event on September 24-26 at Talons Cove Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, Utah, a first-of-its-kind regular season tournament hosted by the Big Sky Conference that will feature all ten Big Sky programs and celebrate fifty years of Title IX. 

“The Big Sky tournament is a new tournament and all the Big Sky schools will be there, ” Basye said. “That one is super exciting because it will be the only time that we will see all the Big Sky schools until the Big Sky Conference Championship in April. We’ll be putting a big emphasis on that trip.” 

The Bobcats then head west on October 2-3 for a return appearance at the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational in Tacoma, Washington, at Tacoma Country Club, hosted by Seattle University. 

“Seattle is always a good tournament and Tacoma Country Club is an amazing golf course,” Basye said. “We played there last year and didn’t have the greatest tournament but it’s a course that I think we can score well on. It’s a tournament where we’ll need to play well since there’s some higher-ranked teams, and if we have a good showing there then that does help us in our rankings.” 

The following weekend, Montana State comes back to the Evergreen State for the Eagle Invitational at Indian Canyon Golf Course in Spokane, with Big Sky-foe Eastern Washington serving as the host. The Bobcats placed second at last year’s event with a then-program record 883 (294-291-298) over 54 holes, with Scarlet Weidig Velazquez

taking home the individual title with a 1-under-215 (70-71-74). 

Montana State wraps up the fall slate on October 22-24 at The Clash at Boulder Creek, hosted by Northern Arizona at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada. 

“I like the fall schedule and think it’s good for us,” Basye said. “We’ve kind of mixed it up a little bit, keeping three of the same tournaments but two new ones. They’re back-to-back-to back but fall is quick, you play lots of golf while you can get it in before the snow hits the ground.” 

After the winter pause, the Bobcats return to action with the Mountain Match Play event at Classic Club in Palm Desert, California, on February 12-14. 

Montana State closes out February in Phoenix, Arizona, at the GCU Invitational, hosted by Grand Canyon at the Lopes’ home course on February 27-28, the first of three regular-season trips to Arizona. 

Last season at the GCU Invitational, Montana State set program records for lowest team round (287) and lowest team 54-hole tournament (882). 

A break of nearly a month leading into the final push will see the Bobcats start a four-tournaments-in-four-weeks stretch at the Ozarks National Invitational, hosted by Missouri State at Ozarks National Golf Course in Branson, Missouri, on March 25-27. 

“I’m really excited about going to Ozarks National,” Basye said. “It looks super sweet and we’ve never been to Missouri, so they’ll have some teams there that we’ve never seen before. We’ve been trying to get out there for a few years and now we finally get to do that one.” 

The following weekend, Montana State will participate in a staple of the spring slate, the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic, hosted by the University of Wyoming in Maricopa, Arizona, at Ak Shin Southern Dunes Golf Club on April 3-4. 

Montana State then hosts their own tournament, the Bobcat Desert Classic, in Goodyear, Arizona, at The Golf Club of Estrella on April 8-10. 

On April 15-17, the Bobcats will be at the Big Sky Conference Championship, trying to follow-up their runner-up finish at last year’s tournament in Scottsdale. The second-place finish was the program’s best placement since they won the Big Sky Championship in 1995.  

The Big Sky Conference has yet to announce a tournament location for the 2024 Championship. 

Qualifying teams and individuals move on to NCAA Regionals on May 6-8, with the NCAA Championship set for May 17-22. 

In 2023-2024, Scarlet Weidig Velazquez, Maddie Montoya, and Lauren Greeny headline a group of returners that made waves in the Big Sky last season, with four of the team’s top five finishers at the conference championship coming back to Bozeman.