Oct. 10, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas (SMU) - The SMU women's golf team will play its first of three tournaments in Texas this weekend, as the Mustangs travel to Austin to take part in the 40th Annual Betsy Rawls Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club.
15 teams: Arizona State (8), San Diego State (45), Iowa State (15), TCU (44), Princeton, Furman, Tennessee (34), UCLA (1), Miami, Mississippi State (39), Tulane (18), SMU, Texas San-Antonio, Tulsa, New Mexico (48), Texas (41), Denver, UNLV
The Mustangs will see TCU and Denver for the third time in three tournaments when the trio travels to Austin this week. This week's field also includes 10 teams from the Golfweek Top 50.
HEAD COACH Jeanne Sutherland
A couple of 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 the Betsy Rawls Invitational under Sutherland, and the program's first trip since the 2007-08 campaign, when the tournament took place in the spring portion of the season. 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.
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's top finish this season is a sixth-place output at the Golfweek Conference Challenge last month. 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. Haglund's best round of the season came last time out, when the Mustang sophomore carded a three-under 67 in the final round of the Schooner Fall Classic.
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. Villamil followed that performance up with a 25th-place spot on the leaderboard in last week's Schooner Fall Classic.
NO. 3 READY FOR YEAR NUMBER TWO
Sophomore Alexandra Rossi remains in the third spot in the lineup this week after the first two tournaments of her second year with the program. 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. Rossi will take momentum with her to her hometown after tallying a two-over 72 in the final round of the Schooner Classic.
A PAIR OF FRESH STARTS
Freshmen Katie Page and Lindsey McCurdy both have a spot in the Mustangs lineup this week, as the program makes the in-state trip to Austin. McCurdy will be competing in her second-consecutive tournament, while Page will be making her collegiate debut on Sunday. Page, a three-time All-Kentucky selection, led her team to back-to-back state championships. McCurdy will look to take a little momentum into her second career tournament, coming off a four-over 74 in her final round last week in Norman.
LAST TIME OUT
NORMAN, Okla. (SMU) - Sophomore Jenny Haglund carded a three-under 67 to pace the SMU women's golf team to a seven-over 287, its best team score of the 2013-14 season, in the final round of the Schooner Classic on Monday at Belmar Golf Club. SMU finished its second tournament of the season in 12th.
"We hit some good shots, made some putts and had a better day out there overall today," head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "Jenny played a really good round of golf today, and Alex (Rossi) might not have hit the ball as well as she wanted to this week, but she fought really hard for a 72 out there today."