SMU Set For American Athletic Conference Championship Sunday
April 17, 2014
PALM COAST, Fla. (SMU) - The SMU women's golf team will look to claim the inaugural American Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship, when the program heads to Orlando for the three-day, three-round tournament beginning Sunday. The tournament will take place at the Hammock Beach Ocean Course in Palm Coast, Fla.
Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Rutgers, SMU, USF, UCF.
HEAD COACH Jeanne Sutherland
Nine tournaments into her third season at SMU, and her 18th season as a college coach overall, Jeanne Sutherland and the Mustangs will play in their second different conference championship this weekend (two seasons in Conference USA). 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 14th place finish in a lightning-shortened Dallas Athletic Club/SMU Invitational. Haglund's two-over 74 was SMU's best tally of the tournament. The SMU sophomore finished sixth at the Donnis Thompson Invitational in Oahu, Hawaii, tying her second-best finish of the season. Haglund's tournament was led by a four-under 68 in the second round of the tournament. 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 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 seventh tournament of her rookie campaign, and her fifth-straight this spring. Page is coming off a 23rd-place finish at the DAC/SMU Invitational. The SMU rookie inked 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 eighth tournament of the campaign this weekend. Park is coming off a 37th-place finish at the DAC/SMU Invitational. The SMU has led the Mustangs twice in the last four tournaments. Park tallied 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 was 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.
ONE MORE GO-ROUND
Senior Maria Elena Villamil has finished second on the team in three tournaments this season, and is coming off a 37th-place finish (+11) at the DAC//SMU Invitational. Prior to that finish, Villamil placed 28th 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
Alexandra Rossi shot a three-under 213 at the Betsy Rawls Invitational, thanks to a three-under 69 in the final round of the tournament, her best round and tournament of her career. 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.