The Battle at Old Works, a two-day tournament that the Montana women’s golf program will co-host with Montana State, highlights the Grizzlies’ 2017-18 schedule that was released Friday.

The tournament will be held at Old Works Golf Club in Anaconda on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 11-12, and will be the first of 10 scheduled events for Montana.

“We’re excited to work with Montana State to finally bring a Division I women’s golf tournament back to Montana,” said Matt Higgins, UM's third-year head coach. “We have some great teams from all over coming to play.

“It will be a challenging venue for the players and a great opportunity for the state to come out and watch some great Division I women’s golf.”

Montana will play five tournaments in the fall, five more in the spring. The fall schedule sends the Grizzlies to four other different states

After its quasi-home tournament at Anaconda, the Grizzlies travel to Illinois for the Loyola Invitational, California for the Cowgirl Desert Intercollegiate, Washington for the Pat Lesser Harbottle Invitational and Arkansas for the Little Rock Golf Classic.

The spring schedule will have Montana mostly playing in Arizona. After opening at the Battle at the Rock in Southern California in mid-February, the Grizzlies will play their next three tournaments in Arizona: the Grand Canyon Invitational, Red Rocks Invitational and Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. 

Those four events will lead up to the Big Sky Conference Championship, for the third year in a row being played at the Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada. 

Montana, led by seniors Kari Opatz and Hailey Hoagland, returns its top four scorers from last season.

Opatz, a transfer, finished with a team-leading season scoring average of 77.03 in her first year competing for the Grizzlies. Hoagland, who has a career average of 78.57, ended 2016-17 with a stroke average of 78.40.

Baylee Barckley, who will be a junior, had a season stroke average last year of 79.83. Teigan Avery, who will be a sophomore, finished at 79.89.

AJ Mazzolini can be reached by email at ajmazzolini@missoulian.com or on Twitter @ajmazzolini.

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