Mustangs Set For 2014 LSU Tiger Classic

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March 18, 2014

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BATON ROUGE, La. (SMU) - The SMU women's golf team will play its final regular season tournament away from home this weekend, as the Mustangs travel to Baton Rouge, La., for the LSU Tiger Classic. The three-round three-day event will start on Friday.

THE FIELD

15 teams: [5/5] Arkansas, Baylor, Denver, [28/19] Kentucky, [18/17] LSU, Missouri, Notre Dame, Purdue, [49/45] SMU, TCU, [33/33] Tulane, [17/16] UCF, ULM, UNC-Wilmington, UTSA

HEAD COACH Jeanne Sutherland

Seven tournaments into her third season at SMU, and her 18th season as a college coach overall, Jeanne Sutherland and the Mustangs will make their first trip to Baton Rouge 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.

HAGLUND LEADS MUSTANGS IN SECOND CAMPAIGN

Sophomore Jenny Haglund is coming off a sixth-place finish at the Donnis Thompson Invitational in Oahu, Hawaii. Haglund's tournament was led by a four-under 68 in the second round of the tournament. Haglund has finished in the top-15 in all seven tournaments in 2013-14, including three top-10 finishes. 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.

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 2013 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.

A FRESH START

Freshman Katie Page will compete in the fifth tournament of her rookie campaign, and her third of the spring season. Page is coming off a ninth-place finish at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, the first top-10 finish of her young career. Prior to her trip to Hawaii, Page golfed 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.

JUST ANOTHER WALK IN THE PARK

Junior Jennifer Park will compete in her sixth tournament of the campaign. Park is coming off a 15th-place finish at last week's tournament in Hawaii, a tournament that followed 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. Park finished off the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational with an even-par 72, her fourth of the year at par or better. 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.

ONE MORE GO-ROUND

Senior Maria Elena Villamil has finished second on the team in three of seven tournaments this season, and is coming off a 28th-place finish at the Dr. Donnis Thompson 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.

ROCK 'N ROSSI

Sophomore Alexandra Rossi enters Friday's action off a 40th-place finish at the Dr. Donnis Thompson 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.

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, the first tournament of her collegiate career.

PONIES FOR PAR

In February's Central District Invitational, the Mustangs golfed all three rounds at par or better to finish at one-under, good for fifth place. SMU has golfed four rounds this season at par or better, including a four-under 284 in the opening round of the Betsy Rawls Invitational, eclipsing last year's total of three.  The Mustangs' under-par finish at the Central District Invitational was the program's first since finishing six-under at the 2005 Northwestern Invitational.