Oct. 4, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. (SMU) - The SMU women's golf team will resume the fall portion of its 2013-14 schedule on Saturday, when the Mustangs travel to Norman, Okla., for the Schooner Fall Classic at the Belmar Golf Club.
15 teams: Arizona State (9), Denver, Florida State, Georgia (17), Kent State, Kentucky (22), LSU, Oklahoma (3), Oklahoma State (6), Pepperdine, SMU, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech
The Mustangs will see Pepperdine, Denver and TCU for the second time this season, three teams SMU will look to defeat this time out, after finishing sixth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge behind the trio last week. Add five teams in the field that were ranked in the GolfWorld/WGCA Preseason Coaches' Poll to setup for a competitive week of golf ahead.
"We're excited to get back into competition again," Sutherland said. "We're going to see some great teams this weekend, and we hope to compete well with all of them. Our goal is going to be to compete from the first shot of the tournament to the last shot, and if we do that, I think we can compete with any team there."
HEAD COACH Jeanne Sutherland
A tournament into her third season at SMU, and her 18th season as a college coach overall, Jeanne Sutherland and the Mustangs will make their third trip to Norman within a year this weekend, but their first to Belmar Golf Club. SMU also competed at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, participating in the Susie Maxwell (Oct.15-17), finishing fifth in an 18-team field, and the NCAA Regionals (May 9-11), where the Mustangs finished 13th.
SECOND YEAR LEADER
Sophomore Jenny 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.
Haglund finished sixth last time out, at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. After an opening round 76, Haglund carded a two-over 74 in the second round and a one-over 73 in the final 18 holes.
JUST ANOTHER WALK IN THE PARK
Junior Jennifer Park 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. The Mustang sophomore shot a 72 and a 73 to qualify in the fourth spot in the Mustangs' lineup for this week's action.
ONE MORE GO-ROUND
Senior Maria Elena Villamil enters her final season with the Mustangs, a year after she was second on the team with 11 tournaments played (31 rounds) a year ago. Villamil's top finish was at the Chip-N-Club Invitational, a 15th-place mark in the opening tournament of the 2012-13 campaign. Villamil finished second on the team and 20th at the tournament at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. The Spanish international went 76-78-75 (229) at the opening tournament of her senior campaign.
NO. 3 READY FOR YEAR NUMBER TWO
Sophomore Alexandra Rossi moved up to third in Sutherland's lineup this week after her 26th-place finish at last week's Golfweek Conference Challenge. 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.
Former Texas state champion Lindsey McCurdy will make her college debut in Oklahoma this weekend. The Kyle, Texas, native won all three postseason tournaments she played in, in Texas her junior year (2012).
LAST TIME OUT
WOLCOTT, Colo. (SMU) - Sophomore Jenny Haglund carded SMU's top score of the week on Wednesday, a one-over 73, to lead the SMU women's golf team to a 14-over 302 and a sixth place finish at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club. Haglund finished sixth on the individual leaderboard in the 90-player field.
"This was a great tournament for us to start with because the greens were very challenging, and this course demands so much," head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "We want to be the best putting team in the nation, and we obviously have a lot of work to do. We will come away from this week learning a lot. We need to focus more during the practice rounds on the speed and the terrain. There are a lot of great lessons we can take away from this. I saw a lot of fight and a lot of focus this week. We have a lot to build on, but we obviously have a lot of work to do."