Duran will host top collegiate golfers at third annual Moon Golf Invitational


The University of Louisville will host the third annual Moon Golf Invitational at Duran Golf Club this month.

Courtesy of the University of Louisville

Some of the top collegiate golfers in the country are coming to the Duran Golf Club this month.

The third annual Moon Golf Invitational is set to take place Feb. 17 and 18 at Duran. The event will be hosted once again by the University of Louisville women’s golf team.

This year’s field features three teams ranked among the top 25 in the country — No. 10 Alabama, No. 11 Ole Miss and No. 21 Kentucky.

Other notable teams taking part in the two-day tournament will be the host Louisville Cardinals, the UCF Knights, the University of Kansas Jayhawks, the North Carolina Tar Heels and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Kentucky’s Jensen Castle was named one of the top 10 freshmen to watch this season by Golfweek.

“We are thrilled to once again be bringing many of the top lady collegiate golfers in the nation to Duran Golf Club for the Moon Golf Invitational,” Duran Head PGA Professional Matt Morrison said in a press release.

“The golf course is in exceptional condition heading into the event and will provide a great test to the players. We encourage the local community to come and spectate and watch the amazing talent up close of the top lady golfers in the nation.”

The 54-hole event will begin with players scheduled to complete 36 holes on Monday, Feb. 17. The final round is set for the following day.

UCF is the defending champion after shooting a second-day team total of 8-under par to finish ahead of the host Cardinals.

Louisville’s Lauren Hartlage took the individual title after shooting 10-under par. She’s back for her senior season and won the Women’s Orlando International Amateur Championship last month.

“Moon Golf is proud to be a part of the third annual Moon Golf Invitational at Duran Golf Club,” Anne Moon, owner of Moon Golf, said in a news release. “It’s exciting to see the growth of this event and we look forward to continuing to make this event one of the premier events in Division I women’s golf.”

The event is open to the general public. Admission is free.