Women's Golf

Mustangs Aim For Conference USA Title, Fourth Win Of Season Starting Monday

Go smu! Felicia Espericueta
Go smu!
Felicia Espericueta
Go smu!

April 21, 2013

GULF SHORES, Ala. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs are aware that they have some stiff competition for the Conference USA Championship starting Monday, but the team is confident that they can leave the Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club in Gulf Shores, Ala. with their fourth win of the season.

"We are looking forward to the Conference USA Championship," Head Coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "We've been working very hard on our games and we hope to be up to the test."

The Mustangs are one of four teams in the field that are ranked in the top 50 of the GolfWeek/Sagarin rankings. Tulane is the highest-ranked team of the bunch, listed at 20th in the nation. SMU is 33rd, while UCF, the 2012 C-USA runner-up, is No. 42.

Heading into the tournament, Sutherland and her squad have sized up their competition.

"Tulane has had a great year and they will be tough to beat," Sutherland said. "Tulsa had a great tournament last week and they are also peaking. East Carolina has a lot of talent also, so there will be great competition for the trophy. Our goal will be to play it one shot at a time and focus on each shot from day one."

East Carolina currently is ranked No. 47 by Golfstat, the fourth-highest C-USA team, while Tulsa is ranked 63rd entering the event and is the defending champion.

SMU is bringing a group that includes last year's individual runner-up, Felicia Espericueta, along with Jenny Haglund, Jennifer Park, Melanie White and Maria Elena Villamil.

The Mustangs have three team titles already this season, along with two individual medalists. The team won at the Chip-N Club Invite, Johnie Imes Invitational and the Central District Invitational. Alexandra Rossi took the top spot at Chip-N Club, while White won at Johnie Imes.



White was also honored with C-USA All-Academic team honors on Friday.

Live scoring for the C-USA Championship is available here.

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