FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s golf team will return to the course on Friday morning as the 2011 UC Spring Invitational gets underway from the Plantation Golf Resort in Crystal River, Fla.
The three-day event will see 18 holes played each day, with tee times on Friday and Saturday and a shotgun start on Sunday. The site of several North Florida PGA events over the years, the Championship Course at Plantation will play host to this year’s event.
Aside from the Eagles, the 23-team field will feature Campbell, tournament host Cincinnati, Eckerd, Elon, Embry Riddle, Florida Atlantic, Florida Southern, Houston Baptist, Marshall, McNeese, Mercer, Morehead State, North Dakota State, North Texas, Oakland, Ohio University, Rutgers, Seminole State, Seton Hall, St. Andrews, Stetson, and UAB.
Traveling to the event for the Blue and Green will be 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).
In its last outing at the JMU Invite (March 11-13), FGCU held a share of fourth place after an opening round 304 and dropped into a tie for 15th following a 317 in the second round. The Blue and Green came back with their best round of the tournament, 298, in the finale, moving their final score to 920 (304-327-298) and finishing in two-way tie for 11th with host JMU.
Finishing fourth overall, Carlson carded two sub-par rounds over the three days and held a final tournament score of 217 (70(-2)-76-71(-1)), en route to her second top five finish in as many tournaments on the spring. The Inverness, Fla. native opened with a two-under par 70 on Friday and also handed in a one-under par 71 in the final round to help earn her second Atlantic Sun Golfer of the Week Award this season.
Results and recaps from each round at the UC Spring Invite will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com following each day.