Feb. 14, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. (SMU) - The SMU women's golf team will continue its spring slate with its second tournament in as many weeks, as the Mustangs look to defend their 2013 Central District Invitational title this week. The two-day 54 hole tournament will begin with the opening two rounds on Monday, and will be played at the Cypress Links Golf Course.
15 teams - (21) UCF, Chattanooga, Houston, Indiana, (41) Louisville, (20) Michigan State, Minnesota, (44) Notre Dame, Oakland, Toledo, Penn State, Rutgers, SMU, UNC-Greensboro, (14) Vanderbilt
HEAD COACH Jeanne Sutherland
Five tournaments into her third season at SMU, and her 18th season as a college coach overall, Jeanne Sutherland and the Mustangs will make their second of at least three trips to the Sunshine State this week. Sutherland was a two-time Regional Coach of the Year and a four-time Conference Coach of the Year during her 15 seasons at the helm of Texas A&M's program.
SECOND YEAR LEADERS
Sophomore Jenny Haglund is coming off a three-under 213 at the UCF Challenge. Haglund's three-under finish ties the best of her career, and marks the fourth tournament in her career that she has finished under par. The second-year Mustang's tournament was led by a four-under 68 on Monday, her second-best round of the season. Prior to the winter break, Haglund finished The Alamo Invitational at two-under, the third best tournament finish of her career. That tournament followed the other best finish of her career, a three-under finish to end up in 11th at the Betsy Rawls Invitational. Haglund has led the Mustangs in all five tournaments this season.
Classmate Alexandra Rossi enters Monday's action off an eight-over 224 performance at the UCF Challenge. Earlier this season, Rossi shot a three-under 213 at the Betsy Rawls Invitational, thanks to a three-under 69 in the final round of the tournament. Rossi has finished in the top two on the team in each of the last three tournaments.
Haglund comes off a 2012-13 campaign that saw the Mustang rookie finish in the top 20 in five of her nine tournaments played, including back-to-back third place finishes at the Central District Invitational and the 2013 Clover Cup. Haglund golfed six of her 25 rounds at par or better, including a five-under 67 in the second round of the Clover Cup.
Rossi golfed three of her 25 rounds at par or better in 2012-13, including a pair of 68s in final rounds at the Chip-N Club Invitational and the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic. The Austin, Texas, native won the Chip-N Club Invite with a three-over 219
ONE MORE GO-ROUND
Senior Maria Elena Villamil has finished second on the team in three of five tournaments this season, and is coming off a 10-over 226 at the UCF Challenge. Villamil's best finish of the year was a five-over 221 in the Mustangs' final tournament of the fall, The Alamo Invitational. The Spanish international went 76-78-75 (229) and finished 20th at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in the opening tournament of her senior campaign. Villamil followed that performance up with a 25th-place spot on the leaderboard at the Schooner Fall Classic. The Mustang senior shot a two-under 70 in the opening round of the Betsy Rawls Invite, the lowest round of her career. Villamil is in her final season with the Mustangs, a year after she was second on the team with 11 tournaments played (31 rounds). Villamil's top finish was at the Chip-N-Club Invitational, a 15th-place mark in the opening tournament of the 2012-13 campaign.
A FRESH START
Freshman Katie Page will compete in the third tournament of her rookie campaign, and her first of the spring season. In her first two tournaments, Page finished at eight-over and nine-over, respectively. Page's 48th-place finish at the Betsy Rawls Invitational in October is the freshman's best-career finish. Freshman Lindsey McCurdy will compete this week as an individual.
JUST ANOTHER WALK IN THE PARK
Junior Jennifer Park will compete in her fourth tournament of the campaign on Monday. The Mustang junior finished last week's UCF Challenge tied with Rossi at eight-over. Park is the only Mustang to compete in all 12 tournaments in 2012-13. Park, who transferred from ULM after her freshman campaign, was an All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2011-12.
LAST TIME OUT
ORLANDO, Fla. (SMU) - Sophomore Jenny Haglund shot a one-over 73 to finish fourth on the individual leaderboard, and lead SMU to a 14th place finish at this week's UCF Challenge at Eagle Creek Golf Club. SMU finished Tuesday's round at nine-over and its first tournament of the spring at 20-over.
Haglund, who started the round on the sixth hole, began her morning at two-over through the first nine, before birding 16 and 1 to get back to even. The Mustang sophomore would bogey the par-four third to finish the tournament at three-under par. This week marked the fourth tournament in her career that Haglund finished under par (third this season), and three-under ties her best tournament finish (2013 Betsy Rawls Invitational).