FORT MYERS, Fla. – After breaking for the winter, the FGCU women’s golf team will welcome the University of Missouri to Southwest Florida for a one-day event on Saturday, Feb. 1.
"We are very excited to kick off our spring season by hosting Missouri this weekend,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “This is a tremendous opportunity for us to be able to compete against a top ranked team. It is pretty rare in golf to play against only one opponent, as a typical tournament will consist of 12-18 teams. We will get to play 36 holes on Saturday with a mixture of formats. This event will give us the chance to get our competitive feet wet before we travel to FSU and see how we stack up against an SEC team. We are incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity and we are all excited to make the most of it.”
The Eagles will challenge the Tigers in 36 holes on Saturday with a mixture of formats. The teams will tee off at 7:30 a.m. for 18 holes at the Stoney Brook Golf Course near the campus of FGCU. Stoney Brook offers a 5,515 yard course from the women’s legend tees.
Following a round at Stoney Brook, the Eagles and Tigers will play a second round of 18 holes at the Renaissance Golf Club. Renaissance boasts a 6,097 yard course, which like Stoney Brook, was designed by Arthur Hill.
The Eagles will utilize a familiar lineup of Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus High School, Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers High School), Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central High School), Mei Khuan Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/S.M.K. Cochrane) and Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn./Minnesota Virtual Academy).
FGCU enters the dual match after a successful fall season. The team picked up a first-place finish at the Eagle Invitational in September and played well at the LPGA Xavier Invitational and the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational in October. FGCU has not competed since the end of October and is eager to play again.
Carlson led the Eagles during the fall with an average score of 75.09, while Price contributed an average of 77.18. Both golfers recorded low rounds of 71.
As a team, the Eagles maintained an average of 308 through 11 rounds.
The Eagles will begin their tournament schedule on Friday, Feb. 14 at the Florida State Roundup in Tallahassee, Fla. The team will compete in five events before battling for the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in April.