Thursday, April 04, 2013
MACON, Ga. – Eight of the A-Sun’s 10 women’s golf teams tee it up this weekend and look to build momentum toward the A-Sun Championship, April 15-17, at Jekyll Island Golf Club.
April 5-6 • Northern Kentucky at Colonel Classic, Richmond, Ky.
The Norse conclude their regular season in the 14-team field that includes Akron, Austin Peay State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Chicago State, Cleveland State, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky Morehead State, Ohio, Toledo, University of the Cumberlands and Western Kentucky. Rachel Brown leads the Norse with a 81.32 stroke average, which ranks her 15th in the A-Sun individually. She has also recorded three Top-25 finishes this season, including a tie for 12th at the Benbow Invitational. Live scoring for the Colonel Classic will be available at Golfstat.com.
April 6-8 • ETSU at Bancorp South Rebel Intercollegiate, Oxford, Miss.
Checking in at No. 63 in the latest GolfWeek rankings, ETSU continues to enjoy another successful season. The Bucs have posted four of the top 10 three-round scores in the conference, including the A-Sun’s best of 852 at the UNCG-Starmount Forest Tournament. Defending A-Sun Medalist Gabriela Wahl has a pair of 68s to her credit and is fifth in stroke average in the A-Sun (75.40). This week the Bucs join the 18-team field at the Bancorp Rebel Intercollegiate, which includes six Top-50 teams in the latest GolfWeek rankings. Live Scoring for the Rebel Intercollegiate will be available at Golfstat.com.
April 6-7 • USC Upstate at Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational, Peoria, Ill.
The Hotels at Grand Prairie Invitational is being hosted by Bradley and played at WeaverRidge Golf Club. The tournament is a 54-hole event with 36 holes played Saturday and the final round played Sunday. Joining Upstate and host Bradley in the tournament is Indiana State, Illinois-Chicago, Northern Iowa and Western Illinois. For the third consecutive week the Spartans will use the lineup of Taylor Barnes, Amanda Hall, Brittany Lowe, Malika Allie and Rachel Reiling into action this week. Barnes and Hall each have a pair of Top-10 finishes and three Top-25 placements, and they rank 13th (79.84) and 14th (80.18), respectively, in stroke average in the A-Sun.
April 8-9 • Lipscomb at Big Blue Intercollegiate, Old Hickory, Tenn.
Juniors MacKenzy Carter and Savannah Schubert share a stroke average of 82.0 and will lead the Bisons into their final regular season tournament hosted by Tennessee State. They both also have a pair of Top-10 finishes, the best a second-place by Schubert at the SIUE Intercollegiate. The Bisons will look to reclaim the form that helped them to a pair of runner-up finishes at the SIUE Intercollegiate and the Timer Warner Racer Classic.
April 8-9 • Stetson, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State and North Florida at Marsh Landing Invitational, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Defending champion Kennesaw State comes off its best performance of the season, finishing third in the Challenge at Onion Creek last week. The Owls’ total of 870 last week is the second-best three-round total by an A-Sun team this year, second only to ETSU’s 852 at the UNCG-Starmount Forest Tournament in which the Bucs claimed the team title.
KSU is led by reigning A-Sun Women’s Golfer of the Week, Ines Lescudier. Lescudier leads the A-Sun in stroke average at 74.6 and is the highest ranked women’s golfer in the A-Sun by GolfWeek at No. 190. She is also tied with teammate Kaew Preamchuen for the lowest round of the season in the conference, a career low of 67 in the third round last week in the Challenge at Onion Creek. In her last two tournaments she has played the final round three-under-par in each and has four straight Top-25 finishes, including a career-best third at Onion Creek. Lescudier has also recorded a pair of 69s, in the first round at the UCF Challenge and the final round of the Insperity Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate.
Stetson is also building on the momentum of recording its best three-round total of the season (890) that led to the second-place finish at the Morehead State Invitational, March 17-19. The result was the Hatters’ second Top-10 finish of the season. The team is led by Sammi Smith and Ryan Ashburn, as Smith has three Top-10 finishes that include a win at the Holiday Inn Express Hatter Classic, while Ashburn has five Top-25 finishes. Stetson claimed the team and individual titles at the Marsh Landing Invitational last season, as the Hatters shot 894 and Alexandria Buelow finished +1 to medal.
Host Jacksonville has four Top-10 finishes and looks to perform well this week as host. The Dolphins finished fourth last season at Marsh Landing, led by Jessica Welch (T/6th, 227) and Natalie Schmett (T/8th, 228). Welch and Schmett once again are leading the Dolphins, as between the duo they have posted three Top-10 and nine Top-25 finishes. Welch has also carded one of the A-Sun’s low rounds of the season, firing a 69 in the first round of the JU Courtyard Classic.
Emelie Alpe enjoyed the most recent success for North Florida, leading the all-freshmen lineup for Ospreys at the Pinehurst Challenge last week. She posted a UNF-best finish of T/23rd (77-77-76=230), which is her first career Division I Top-25 showing. The Ospreys finished ninth of 19 at Pinehurst, posting their third-best three-round total of the season (931). In its first season, North Florida has posted one of the conference’s top 10 three-round totals, a 904 at the Eat-A-Peach Collegiate in which it finished third in the five-team field.
Live scoring for the Marsh Landing Invitational will be available at Golfstat.com.