SMU Heads To Hawaii For Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational

Go smu! Elena Villamil
Go smu!
Elena Villamil
Go smu!

March 10, 2014

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OAHU, Hawaii (SMU) - The SMU women's golf team heads to Hawaii this week for the Dr. Donnis Thompson The two-day 54 hole event will begin with a two-round day on Tuesday. The shotgun start will begin at 1 p.m. CT both Tuesday and Wednesday.

THE FIELD

15 teams: Columbia, Gonzaga, Hawai'I, Hawai'i-Hilo, Idaho, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, North Texas, Osaka Gakuin (Japan), SMU, TCU, UTEP, Washington State

HEAD COACH Jeanne Sutherland

Six tournaments into third season at SMU, and her 18th season as a college coach overall, Jeanne Sutherland and the Mustangs will make their first trip to Hawaii in Sutherland's tenure. 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.

JUST ANOTHER WALK IN THE PARK

Junior Jennifer Park will compete in her fifth tournament of the campaign. Park is coming off a sixth-place finish at the Central District Invitational, a tournament that saw the SMU junior card her first three rounds at par or better this season. The Carrolton, Texas, native 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. Park finished the 2012-13 campaign with a low round of 67, and five rounds at par or better. Tuesday marks Park's first appearance in the top spot of the Mustangs' lineup this season.

SECOND YEAR LEADERS

Sophomore Jenny Haglund is coming off a two-under 214 at the Central District Invitational, her fourth-straight tournament under par. Haglund has had two three-under finishes this season, the best tournament score in her career. The Karlstad, Sweden, native has finished five tournaments in her career under par. The second-year Mustang's tournament was led by her four-under 68 in the first round, tying for 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 Tuesday's action off a seven-over 223 at the Central District Invitational. 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.

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 six tournaments this season, and is coming off a seven-over 223 at the Central District Invitational. 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 fourth tournament of her rookie campaign, and her second of the spring season. Page is coming off an even-par 216 at the Central District Invitational, turning in back-to-back rounds under-par in the final two rounds. In her first two tournaments, Page finished at eight-over and nine-over, respectively. Freshman Lindsey McCurdy will compete for the second-consecutive tournament  as an individual.

LAST TIME OUT

 - Freshman Katie Page posted a career-best two-under 70, while junior Jennifer Park carded a one-under 71 to finish the tournament in sixth place (-4) to lead the SMU women's golf team to a fifth-place finish at the Central District Invitational at Lakewood Ranch Golf Club. The Mustangs golfed all three rounds of the tournament at par or better, and finished a tournament under par for the first time since finishing the Northwestern Invitational at six-under in the 2005-06 season.   

"We played very consistently throughout the lineup this week," head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "We are moving in the right direction, which is really important this time of year. It was a great tournament for Jennifer Park, and I thought Katie fought really hard through her round today."