April 3, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - Fifteen teams, including six in the top 50 of the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings will converge upon Dallas for the Dallas Athletic Club Invitational hosted by SMU this Friday through Sunday.
The Mustangs are winners of three events this season - The Chip-N Club Invite (Sept. 10-11), The Johnie Imes Invite (Oct. 1-2) and the Central District Invitational (Feb. 18-19). Two Mustangs, Alexandra Rossi (Chip-N Club Invite) and Melanie White (Johnie Imes Invitational), have won individual medalist honors at events this season.
SMU's strong efforts have been rewarded with a national ranking of 34th, and the team was pegged by GolfWeek as the favorite to win the C-USA Championship.
The Mustangs will feature a lineup that includes Felicia Espericueta, Maria Elena Villamil, Jennifer Park, White and Haglund. Rossi, Caitlin Pisciotta and Mehar Atwal will play as individuals. Atwal will be making her collegiate debut.
Fans are encouraged to come out to the Dallas Athletic Club and support the team. Admission is free.
LIVE STATS/RESULTS: Live scoring for the entire event is available at GolfStat.
TEAMS (15 - GolfWeek Ranking in parenthesis): Denver (38), Kansas State (73), Louisville (65), Marshall (203), Missouri State (126), Nebraska (128), North Texas (137), Notre Dame (24), Ohio State (56), Oklahoma (2), Oklahoma State (23), Oregon State (66), SMU (34), UTSA (45) and Wisconsin (55).
FORMAT: 54 holes will be played over three days (18 holes per day). Friday and Saturday start times are slated for 8 am. CT, while Sunday will feature a shotgun start beginning at 8:30 a.m. CT.
FORECAST: Temperatures in the mid-70s are expected Friday through Sunday, with winds ranging from 9-18 mph going in the south or southeastern direction. Cloudy skies are expected as well as a 10 percent chance of rain.
THE COURSE: The Dallas Athletic Club will host the event. The course will have a par-72 layout with total yardages of 6,301 (days 1 & 2) and 6,359 (day 3).
BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD: Six of the 15 teams participating are rated in the top 50 of the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings, including No. 2 Oklahoma. Two of the top-10 individuals will appear - No. 2 Kelsey Vines of Oklahoma State and No. 9 Chirapat Jao-Javanil of Oklahoma.
SMU'S LAST EVENT: The SMU Mustangs finished second at the Clover Cup and freshman Jenny Haglund was in contention for a win for the second consecutive tournament. Haglund finished tied for third after entering the final round as the tournament leader. Haglund shot a five-under 67 yesterday to take the tournament lead, but a final round 76 dropped her from the lead. Still, the freshman has impressed as of late, also finishing tied for third at the Central District Invitational on Feb. 19. The native of Sweden won Conference USA Golfer of the Week honors on Feb. 20. Melanie White finished 11th and Felicia Espericueta also earned a top-25 finish. The Mustangs fought difficult winds and hole locations on Sunday, but head coach Jeanne Sutherland was happy with the effort her team showed. "I was really proud of our team," Sutherland said. "They worked hard to get their scores." Sutherland does see more room for improvement, but can't deny that her team has played well in 2012-13 and has made taken huge strides forward. "We have to play three rounds as well as we play two," Sutherland said. "We started the season playing only one round well, now we're up to two, so that's good." No. 3 Oklahoma won the tournament, and Tulsa's Kristina Merkle won individual medalist honors, finishing at six-under par.