University of Arkansas at Little Rock head women’s golf coach Bridgett Norwood has released the Trojans’ 2018-19 schedule, a slate which takes Little Rock to six different states and includes the Trojans’ annual home meet in Hot Springs Village.
Little Rock opens the season with a pair of events in September, beginning with the Missouri State Payne Stewart Memorial in Springfield, Missouri, Sept. 10-11. The Trojans then head east to North Carolina for the East Carolina Pirate Collegiate Classic, being held Sept. 17-18 in Greenville.
October brings three tournaments to Little Rock’s schedule, beginning with a return trip to Missouri for the annual Johnie Imes Invitational, hosted by Missouri, Oct. 1-3 in Columbia. The Trojans then make the first of three trips to Texas Oct. 22-23, competing in the first UT-Arlington Women’s Golf Classic in Mansfield.
Little Rock then returns to Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village for the annual Little Rock Women’s Golf Classic Oct. 28-30. The event will bring 15 teams to compete in what has become one of the favorite events of the season for those who compete. It will also mark women’s golf’s competition for the newly-created Governor’s I-40 Showdown against Central Arkansas.
Following a three-month hiatus, Little Rock begins the spring portion of its schedule in Texas, competing in the Texas State Invitational in San Marcos Feb. 11-12. The Trojans then make their annual trip to Rio Verde, Arizona, for the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational, being held Feb. 22-24.
Two tournaments await Little Rock in the month of March, beginning in Dade City, Florida, for the Spring Break Shootout, hosted by Western Kentucky, taking place March 11-12. Little Rock then makes its final trip to the Lone Star state March 18-19, taking part in the Houston Baptist Husky Invitational in Houston.
April begins with the Trojans’ final regular season tune-up as Little Rock will make the short drive up I-40 to Memphis, Tennessee, for the Memphis Tiger Invitational April 1-2. That leads into the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championship April 15-17, being held at the LPGA Invitational in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Little Rock will have a good blend of returners and newcomers in 2018-19 as the Trojans return three competitors from last season, comprised of seniors Emelie Blennow and Lucy Owen and junior Thea Wakeford-Wesmann. The Trojans’ roster will be truly international this season, represented by golfers from Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, Kenya, and Canada.