(Editor’s note: Montana State University media release)

BOZEMAN – The Montana State women’s golf team is set to play in nine meets during the 2017-18 season in preparation for the Big Sky Conference Championship, as Bobcats head coach Brittany Basye released this year’s slate, which features the Battle at Old Works hosted by Montana State and the University of Montana.

The Bobcats open their season by co-hosting the Battle at Old Works with the Griz golf team on Sept. 11-12 at the Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda. The meet will feature a double-digit Division I team field at the course that was ranked as one of America’s 100 greatest public courses in 2016.

“I think the biggest thing for us that we wanted to accomplish was that this is a home event,” Basye said. “We don’t get to normally play in Montana, so for us to be able to host a tournament is great. We have some solid teams coming here and we want to try to build it up, but the biggest thing is to get our players in front of people that could watch a home event at an awesome golf course.”

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Montana State will compete in three meets during the fall season. The Bobcats return to Palouse Ridge Golf Club to play in the Cougar Cup from Sept. 18-19, then wrap up the fall with the Rose City Collegiate at Langdon Farms Golf Club which tees off on Sept. 25.

The Bobcats begin the spring portion of their schedule on Feb. 12 by making their first appearance at the Battle at the Rock in Riverside, Calif. Basye’s squad then heads to the GCU Invitational from Feb. 24-25 for the second consecutive year. MSU follows that with a trip to the site of the Big Sky Conference meet when the ‘Cats compete at the Battle at Boulder Creek from March 5-6 in Boulder City, Nev.

“We’re getting out of the gate earlier,” Basye said. “We’ll be out on the golf course mid-February so it gives us more chances to get on some green grass and competing. Getting back to Boulder Creek is going to give our returning players, along with some kids that may have not seen the course yet, an opportunity to see it in case they make it on the conference team.”

MSU completes its regular season with three consecutive meets the squad has participated in previously.

The Bobcats make their first of three straight appearances in Arizona by heading to Sedona for the Red Rocks Invitational from March 24-25 at Oak Creek Country Club. MSU makes a trip to Maricopa from April 2-3 for the Cowgirl Classic, hosted by Wyoming, at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. MSU closes out its final meet ahead of the Big Sky tournament by hosting the Bobcat Desert Invitational on April 9-10 at the Golf Club of Estrella in Goodyear.

“Our last two tournaments before the Big Sky Championship pretty much mirror Boulder Creek,” Basye said. We’ll get some prep work in like getting use to the heat, getting use to the transitions, the greens are very similar and the overall layout of the golf course are comparable. We’ll consistently be playing week after week and we wanted a schedule where we get use to competing which will benefit us.”

The Big Sky Conference Championship is scheduled to start on April 20 at Boulder Creek Golf Club. It will be the third straight year the meet has taken place in Boulder City.

2017-18 Montana State women’s golf schedule

Sept. 11-12 — Battle at Old Works, Anaconda

Sept. 18-19 — Cougar Cup, Pullman, Wash.

Sept. 25-26 — Rose City Collegiate, Rose City, Ore.

Feb. 12-13 — Battle at the Rock, Riverside, Calif.

Feb. 24-25 — GCU Invitational, Phoenix

March 5-6 — Battle at Boulder Creek, Boulder City, Nev.

March 24-25 — Red Rocks Invitational, Sedona, Ariz.

Apr. 2-3 — Cowgirl Classic, Maricopa, Ariz.

Apr. 9-10 — Bobcat Desert Invitational, Goodyear, Ariz.

Apr. 20-22 — Big Sky Conference Championship, Boulder City, Nev.