FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s golf team will return to the course on Friday, as they head to Jacksonville, Fla. for the 2011 James Madison/Eagle Landing Invitational at Eagle Landing Country Club. The three-day, three-round event will begin Friday, March 11 and conclude Sunday, March 13.
JMU has hosted its tournament at Eagle Landing Golf Club in Jacksonville since 2009, all three years of the tournament's existence. The course is an open links style Clyde Johnston design that weaves through the Florida landscape, as well as, the Oakleaf Plantation community.
The 18-team field taking the course with the Blue and Green will include host James Madison, Campbell, Central Arkansas, Chattanooga, East Carolina, Elon, Georgetown, Illinois, Illinois State, Jacksonville, Kennesaw State, Longwood, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina Greensboro, defending champ USF and Stetson.
The Eagles traveling to the three-day event will include seniors Lina Elmsater (Stockholm, Sweden/Pfeiffer University) and Katerina Toomalatai (Palm Coast, Fla./Flagler Palm Coast HS), junior Fabienne Haremza (Wildermen, South Africa/Glenwood House/Lamar University), sophomore Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus H.S.) and freshman Megan Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS).
Following the resignation of first-year coach Meghan Spero for a position with PGA Magazine, FGCU men’s head golf coach Brent Jensen will travel as the interim coach until a candidate is selected for the head coaching vacancy.
18 holes will be played each day, with tee times ranging from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. each morning. Teams will be ranked by score following each day's play and standings will dictate the next morning's tee times.
Live in-progress scoring of the tournament can be found at www.GolfStat.com. A link to the live scoring can be found by going to the FGCU women’s golf schedule and clicking on the day’s event or by going to www.GolfStat.com and searching for the JMU Invite.
In their spring-opening competition at the rain-shortened 36-hole 2011 JU Classic, FGCU wrapped up play in fourth place in the seven-team field at the Hidden Hills Country Club. Carlson paced the Eagles with a second place finish on the 40-individual leaderboard, en route to her first Atlantic Sun Conference Golfer of the Week Award.
Results and recaps from each round will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following each day.