Bisons Kick Off The Week In A-Sun Women's Golf, Feb. 22nd

Friday, February 22, 2013

MACON, Ga. – Lipscomb women’s golf begins its spring schedule Friday with a match against Tennessee State while ETSU, Jacksonville and Mercer travel to Miami for the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge, Feb. 25-26, at the Senator Course at Shula’s Golf Club.

The Lady Bisons tee it up Friday afternoon at McCabe Golf Course in Nashville, led by junior Savanna Schubert. Schubert was the leading scorer in three of the four fall tournaments for the Lady Bisons, including a second-place finish at the SIEU Intercollegiate at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, Ind. The team also finished second in the SIEU Intercollegiate.

Schubert is one of three juniors on a team without any seniors. Five sophomores and a freshman round out the roster for Coach Buddy Harston, who used several players in his lineups in the fall. Along with Schubert, junior MacKenzy Carter and sophomore Samantha Khan played in all four events, junior Sabrina Ferreri saw action in three, sophomores Danielle Grace and Morgan Bucher and freshman Miriam Parker saw action in two.

The A-Sun trio of ETSU, Mercer and Jacksonville joins seven other Top-100 teams in the 16-team field at the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge. The field also includes Arkansas State, Cincinnati, FIU, Illinois State, No. 67 Kansas, No. 62 Louisville, host and No 53 Maryland, Memphis, No. 57 Miami, No. 54 Missouri, No. 18 N.C. State, UMKC and No. 100 Xavier.

East Tennessee State remains the highest ranked A-Sun women’s golf team by GolfWeek at No. 59, and looks to continue to build momentum from last week’s runner-up finish at the Jim West Challenge in Texas. Gabriela Wahl and Sian Evans continue to lead the Bucs, as Wahl is the reigning A-Sun Women’s Golfer of the Week with a 75.2 stroke average, followed by Evans’ 75.4. The Bucs have finished in the top five in three of their last four tournaments, including a win at the UNCG Starmount Invitational and a pair of back-to-back seconds.

Mary Alice Murphy leads No. 93 Mercer with a 75.0 stroke average, followed by Lacey Fears’ 75.07. Sarah Louie Brown, third in stroke average at 78.07, finished 11th to lead the Bears to their fifth-place finish in the Hurricane Invitational in Miami last week.

Jacksonville opens its spring season at the Sir Pizza, following a fall in which the Dolphins finished in the top half in two of their four tournaments and tied 6-6 with North Florida in the inaugural Ryder-Cup style Bill Hughes Cup. Sophomore Jessica Welch paced the Dolphins in the fall, leading JU in each of its four tournaments with a pair of top-20 finishes and a third-place finish at the Courtyard Classic.

Follow live scoring from the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge at Golfstat.com.