FORT MYERS, Fla. – Competing in just its second tournament of the fall season, the FGCU women’s golf team is set to take part in the USF-Waterlefe Invitational in Bradenton, Fla. The tournament gets underway with 36 holes on Monday and a final 18-hole round on Tuesday at the Waterlefe Golf Club.
"We are all very excited to get back into competition after taking about a month off,” said first-year head coach Sarah Trew. “We have had some solid practice sessions over the past few weeks and have focused on learning new shots around the green. Waterlefe is a great venue for us, as most of the ladies are quite familiar with the course. This will be our first opportunity to compete against some in-state rivals and I am eager to get the tournament under way."
The Eagles will take to the course with seven other schools including Daytona St., FAU, Houston Baptist, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, and host USF. It will mark the third straight year that the Green and Blue have competed in the event, with their best finish coming just last season when the team took 6th out of 19 schools.
FGCU will travel with a five-member squad to the two-day event. Senior Fabienne Haremza (Wildermen, South Africa/Glenwood House/Lamar University), junior Cassie Cleary (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte HS/Daytona State College) and freshmen Kristin Swindell (Bradenton, Fla./Braden River HS), Georgia Price (Winchester, England/Fort Myers HS) and Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich. Traverse City Central HS) will compete for the Eagles, while sophomore Megan Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS) will play the course as an individual.
Last season at the Waterlefe Invite, Van Etten finished in a four-way share of 12th overall, leading the Eagles with a 226 (75-76-75) while ranking among the leaders in par 3 scoring (+2), par 4 scoring (+6) and birdies (7).
In their fall opening event at the Chip-N Club Invitational in Lincoln, Neb., the Eagles finished in 9th place in the 15-team field. Haremza led the Green and Blue at the two-day competition, finishing in a three-way tie for 15th on the 80-player leaderboard with a 232 (81-72(E)-79).
Finishing in a share of 45th place, Price made her collegiate debut at the Chip-N Invite with a score of 245 (78-85-82). Van Etten and Cleary also competed at the event, finishing tied for 56th and 69th, respectively, with corresponding scores of 249 (80-80-89) and 257 (87-84-86).
An 8:30 a.m. shotgun start will begin Monday’s first round, while tee times on Tuesday scheduled for 8 a.m. Results and recaps from each day of the tournament will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.