Teeing Up Week 5 of #ASunWGolf

Friday, October 04, 2013

MACON, Ga. - Six A-Sun women's golf teams are in action this week, including defending champ ETSU at the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, USC Upstate at the CSU Wendy's Invitational and four teams at the LPGA Xavier Invitational.

The foursome of Stetson, FGCU, North Florida and Mercer tee it up at the LPGA Xavier Invitational, Oct. 5-7, in Daytona Beach, Fla. FGCU recorded the best finish of the four teams last season, finishing as the tournament runner-up. Mercer finished third behind the Eagles, North Florida tied for fifth and Stetson tied for seventh.

Stetson's best finish in the young 2013 season is a fourth place at the Golfweek Program Challenge. The Hatters shot their two best rounds of 290 and 294 in the tournament and are led in stroke average by freshman Alessandra Kutz (74.00). FGCU tied for first in its last event, the Eagle Invitational, led by Briana Carlson who finished as the tournament's individual medalist (145, +1).

Mercer has two top three finishes in 2013, claiming its second consecutive Eat A Peach Collegiate title and placing third in the Great Smokies Intercollegiate. Freshman Katy Harris medaled at the Eat A Peach and Mary Alice Murphy led the Bears with a seventh place finish (142, -2) in the Great Smokies. North Florida finished 14th of 15 in its last event, the UNCG Starmount Fall Classic, and is led by Belinda George who registered a top 25 finish at the FedEx Memphis Intercollegiate.

Bolstered by its highest ranking ever of 41st by Golfstat.com (Oct. 2), ETSU joins the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, hosted by Eastern Carolina in Greenville, NC. The Bucs are also the highest ranked women's golf team in the A-Sun.

This year's Lady Pirate field includes seven teams ranked in the top 100 by Golfstat.com, led by the No. 41 Bucs. Others in the field include Appalachian State, Boston College, No. 64 Chattanooga, No. 61 East Carolina, Elon, No. 99 Georgia State, James Madison, Longwood, No. 94 Maryland, No. 85 Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, No. 72 Penn St., UNC Wilmington, William & Mary, and Winthrop.

USC Upstate joins the field at the CSU Wendy's Invitational, Oct. 7-8, hosted by Charleston Southern in Charleston, SC. The Spartans finished fifth of the seven teams in their last event, the Wofford Terrier Invitational and are led by freshman Allea Hawkins and junior Rachel Reiling in stroke average (78.80).

This year's Wendy's Invitational field includes Charleston Southern, The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, No. 38 The College of Charleston, Presbyterian College, Radford, Richmond, Tennessee Tech, Towson, University of South Carolina-Beaufort, USC Upstate and Wofford College.

Live stats for both the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate and the CSU Wendy's Invitational can be followed at Golfstat.com.

Atlantic Sun Women's Golf Team Tables
Team Quick Facts #ASunWGolf Tweetables
Twitter: @ETSUAthletics
2013-14 Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): (53; 41)
Last Event: Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational (5th of 11, 889)

Coach: Stefanie Shelton
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (1st of 10, 880)
  • Next Event: Lady Pirate Intercollegiate, Greenville, NC (Oct. 7 - 8)
  • Bucs ranked 41st by Golfstat, highest in program history
  • Gabriela Wahl named Women's Golfer of the Week for the sixth time in her career

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Sian Evans, Senior (75.2)
  • 2013-14 Team Top Finish: Golfweek Conference Challenge (4th of 18, 917)
Twitter: @FGCUWomensGolf
2013-14 Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): (140; 135)
Last Event: FGCU Eagle Invitational (T1st of 8, 596)

Coach: Sarah Trew
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (3rd of 10, 887)
  • Next Event: Xavier/LPGA Invitational, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Oct. 5-7)
  • Briana Carlson was the medalist at the FGCU Eagle Invitational (145, +1)
  • Four other Eagles in top 10: Georgia Price (4th, 149), Sara Detlefsen, Chelsea Guoynes, Emma Smyser (T8th, 153)

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Briana Carlson, Senior (72.5)
  • 2013-14 Team Top Finish: FGCU Eagle Invitational (T1st of 8, 596)
Twitter: @JUWomensGolf
2013-14 Rankings (GolfWeek; Golfstat): (113; 121)
Last Event: UNCG Starmount Fall Classic (7th of 15, 905)

Coach: Jennifer Borocz
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (6th of 10, 907)
  • Next Event: JU Classic, Ponte Vedra, Fla. (Oct. 14-15)
  • Natalie Schmett recorded first top 15 finish for Dolphins in 2013 at UNCG (T13th)
  • Dolphins finished as top A-Sun team in UNCG tournament (Stetson 8th, North Florida 14th)

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Jessica Welch, Junior (79.00)
  • 2013-14 Team Top Finish: UNCG Starmount Fall Classic (7th of 15, 905)
Twitter: @KSUOwlsWmnsGolf
2013-14 Rankings (GolfWeek; Golfstat): (106; 100)
Last Event: Lady Paladin Invitational (9th of 16, 901)

Coach: Rhyll Brinsmead
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (2nd of 10, 886)
  • Next Event: UCF Challenge, Orlando, Fla. (Feb. 9-11)
  • Ines Lescudier fired her first ace in competition in the final round of the Lady Paladin Invitational
  • Owls bettered themselves by 37 strokes in their second tournament

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Ines Lescudier, Junior (73.33)
  • 2013-14 Team Top Finish: Lady Paladin Invitational (9th of 16, 901)
Twitter: @LipscombBisons
2013-14 Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): (197; 197)
Last Event: SIUE Doubletree Invitational (2nd of 10, 642)

Coach: Buddy Harston
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (9th of 10, 937)
  • Next Event: F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, Clarksville, Tenn. (Oct. 14-15)
  • Sami Khan medals at the SIUE Doubletree and gives Lipscomb the first individual title of its NCAA era
  • Lady Bisons achieve third runner-up finish in last two seasons at the SIUE Doubletree Invitational

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Savannah Schubert, Senior (78.33)
  • 2013-14 Team Top Finish: SIUE Doubletree Invitational (2nd of 10, 642)
Twitter: @MercerBears
2013-14 Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): (88; 103)
Last Event: Great Smokies Intercollegiate, (3rd of 12, 576)

Coach: Gary Guyer
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (4th of 10, 893)
  • Next Event: Xavier/LPGA Invitational, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Oct. 5-7)
  • Three Bears finished in top 10 of Great Smokies; Murphy (7th, 142), Fears and McRaney (T8th, 143)
  • Bears have finished among top four teams in their season opener the last five years

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Lacey Fears, Senior (72.2)
  • 2013-14 Team Top Finish: Eat A Peach Collegiate, (1st of 4, 898)
Twitter: @OspreyWGolf
2013-14 Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): (179; 184)
Last Event: UNCG Starmount Fall Classic, (14th of 15, 936)

Coach: Joanne Steele
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (7th of 10, 920)
  • Next Event: LPGA Xavier Invitational (Oct. 5 - 7)
  • Sophomores Tess Huber and Belinda George each have posted a top 25 finishes in 2013
  • UNF plays eight of its 12 tournaments in the state of Florida in 2013-14

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Belinda George, Sophomore (76.67)
  • 2013-14 Top Team Finish: FedEx Memphis Intercollegiate, (8th of 12, 104)
Twitter: @NKUNorse
2013 Rankings (Golfweek;Golfstat): (207; 208)
Last Event: Cardinal Cup, (13th of 13, 649)

Coach: Daryl Landrum
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (10th of 10, 990)
  • Next Event: Xavier/LPGA Invitational, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Oct. 5-7)
  • Sara Kellum has led the Norse in every tourney, has two top-10 finishes in 2013
  • Freshman Kennedy Windlan has two top 25 finishes, is second on the team in stroke average (79.00)

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Sara Kellum, Freshman (76.67)
  • 2013-14 Team Top Finish: MSU Drake Creek Invitational, (7th of 10, 957)
Twitter: @UpstateSpartans
2013-14 Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): (181; 211)
Last Event: Wofford Terrier Intercollegiate (5th of 7, 627)

Coach: Todd Lawton
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (8th of 10, 934)
  • Next Event: CSU Wendy's Invitational, Charleston, SC (Oct. 7 - 8)
  • Freshman Allea Hawkins has fired a hole-in-one in her first two collegiate tournaments
  • Hawkins and Rachel Reiling have a pair of top-20 finishes on the young season

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Allea Hawkins, Freshman; Rachel Reiling, Junior (78.80)
  • 2013-14 Top Team Finish: Wofford Terrier Intercollegiate (5th of 7, 627)
Twitter: @StetsonGolf
2013-14 Final Rankings (Golfweek; Golfstat): (104; 112)
Last Event: UNCG Starmount Fall Classic (8th of 15, 906)

Coach: Floyd Kerr
2013 A-Sun Championship Finish: (5th of 10, 905)
  • Next Event: JU Classic, Ponte Vedra, Fla. (Oct. 14-15)
  • Four Hatters have a top-10 finish in 2013
  • Alessandra Kutz has fired the team's low rd. of 70 twice, once in each tournament

  • Leader in Stroke Average: Alessandra Kutz, Freshman (74.00)
  • 2013-14 Team Top Finish: Golfweek Program Challenge (4th of 12, 887)

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