Mustangs Set For The Alamo Invitational
Oct. 25, 2013
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (SMU) - The SMU women's golf team will stay put in Texas this week, as the Mustangs travel to San Antonio to play in The Alamo Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club beginning on Sunday. The 54 hole tournament will run through Tuesday.
15 teams: UTSA, Arkansas (7), Baylor, Florida (19), Florida State(48), Louisville (38), LSU (29), Oklahoma (11), SMU (41), TCU (47), Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M (46), Texas State, Tulane (20).
The Mustangs will see TCU for the fourth time in four as the duo will join five other Texas teams, including the hosts, Texas San-Antonio, this week. The Mustangs will take on nine teams in the Golfweek Top 50, including four in the top 20.
HEAD COACH Jeanne Sutherland
Three tournaments into her third season at SMU, and her 18th season as a college coach overall, Jeanne Sutherland and the Mustangs will make the program's fifth-consecutive trip to The Alamo Invitational. 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. "We are excited to get on the road again and test our games in San Antonio," Sutherland said.
"The team got a little rest after a good performance in Austin and then we got back on the course on Sunday and focused in on scoring. The field is strong in San Antonio, so it will take good play for 54 holes to contend for the win. We've talked about mindset and facing challenges this week, so it's time to put it to practice. Briggs Ranch is a beautiful course and the atmosphere in San Antonio is really fun, so we are looking forward to the tournament."
ROSSI TAKES OVER NO. 1 ROLE
Sophomore Alexandra Rossi will be in the top spot in the lineup this week after occupying the third spot in the first three tournaments. 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 has recorded two rounds at par or better in the early going of her sophomore campaign, including her third-career round in the 60s last time out, a three-under 69.
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 in Norman, when the Mustang sophomore carded a three-under 67 in the final round of the Schooner Fall Classic. Last time out, Haglund went three-under, finishing the Betsy Rawls Invitational in a tie for 11th.
ONE MORE GO-ROUND
Senior Maria Elena Villamil is in 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 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.
A PAIR OF FRESH STARTS
Freshmen Katie Page and Lindsey McCurdy both have a spot in the Mustangs lineup for the second-consecutive week, as the program makes the in-state trip to San Antonio. McCurdy will be competing in her third-consecutive tournament, while Page will make her second start for Sutherland's squad. Page finished her collegiate debut in 48th at eight-over, posting scores of 74-75-75 in the three-day tournament. McCurdy also shot a 74 in the opening round, and finished the Betsy Rawls Invitational at 11-over.
LAST TIME OUT
AUSTIN, Texas. (SMU) - Sophomore Alexandra Rossi carded a season-low three-under 69 to lead the SMU women's golf team to a four-over 292, good for a fifth-place team finish Tuesday at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club. SMU finished the tournament with an eight-over 872.
"We competed well the entire tournament, and I was very pleased with the focus that we showed on the golf course," head coach Jeanne Sutherland said. "Everyone in the lineup played well this week, and the results spoke for themselves. We beat some teams that we haven't been beating this year, but we still have room to grow with our putting. I saw a lot of great things this week from all five players that we can build on going forward."