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Rio Verde Country Club hosts 20th annual Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational

Rio Verde, Ariz. (March 15, 2023) – Rio Verde Country Club recently hosted 18 women’s collegiate golf teams from across the country during the 20th annual Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational. The three-day competition saw Xavier capture the team championship by 17 strokes over second place Kennesaw State. Xavier junior Emma McMyler with rounds of 71-71-73 and Central Michigan sophomore Casilda Allendesalazar with rounds of 73-72-72 tied for top honors in the individual competition. The tournament, which was hosted in conjunction with Western Michigan University, was played on Rio Verde’s par-72 Quail Run Golf Course at 6,044 yards.

Top 5 Teams: 
1st Xavier - 875 
2nd Kennesaw State - 892
3rd California Baptist - 901 
4th Akron - 908 
5th Missouri State - 909

Rio Verde Country Club members and community residents graciously volunteered their time to coordinate the event. In total, more than two dozen members and residents worked on the four-day event, which included a Thursday practice round. Golfers were served multiple meals and enjoyed the hospitality. 

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Universities that competed in the 2023 Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational included: 

  • Akron
  • Ball State
  • Bowling Green
  • Bradley
  • Butler University
  • California Baptist University
  • Central Michigan
  • Eastern Michigan
  • Illinois State
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Loyola of Chicago
  • Missouri State University
  • Oakland University
  • Ohio
  • Univ. of South Dakota
  • Wichita State
  • Western Michigan
  • Xavier

“The Rio Verde Community looks forward to hosting these talented young ladies every year,” said Anthony Paino, general manager, Rio Verde Country Club. “Many members volunteer and open up their homes to the players, and the club staff enjoys taking care of our guests on the course and in the clubhouse.  We’re grateful to everyone who contributed to making this year’s tournament a success.”

For more information on the Rio Verde Community and Country Club, visit

About Rio Verde Community and Country Club

Located between the eastern foothills of the McDowell Mountains and the Tonto National Forest, Rio Verde Country Club is a private 36-hole golf club in Rio Verde, Ariz. and is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon. Members who reside in the Rio Verde community enjoy unlimited access to dining and events, 36-holes of parkland-style golf, a driving range, three putting greens, bunker/chipping complex, tennis, pickleball, swimming, fitness, bocce, and dozens of special interest clubs. Full membership is also available to non-residents and provides unlimited access to tee times, golf events, and dining. With its low taxes, competitive real estate prices and tranquil location, Rio Verde appeals to primary and vacation homeowners. Comprised of custom-built homes, townhomes and villas in a wide range of prices, Rio Verde is a low-density, master-planned enclave with large lots highlighted by golf course, mountain or desert views. 

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 750-plus locations, including 740-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit

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