FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off its best finish of the season last week, the FGCU women’s golf team heads back into competition as it travels to Crystal River, Fla. to take part in the UC Spring Invitational, hosted by the University of Cincinnati at the Plantation Inn Golf Resort from March 23-25.
"This event is going to be a lot of fun for us,” said first-year head coach Sarah Trew. “Half of our team is already familiar with the course and we get to play together as a team. We are extremely close and supportive of each other as a whole and I think it will play to our advantage. We have a lot of confidence coming off a great finish last week and think we can have another strong tournament this weekend."
The 54-hole event will feature 18 holes each day with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The site of several North Florida PGA events over the years, the Championship Course at Plantation will play host to this year’s event.
The Eagles will take to the course with 18 other schools, including Akron, Cincinnati, Embry Riddle, FAU, FIU, Florida Southern, Mercer, Morehead, North Dakota State, Oakland, Ohio, Rutgers, Tampa, Seminole State, Seton Hall, Stetson, UAB and Xavier.
Leading FGCU into the competition is senior Fabienne Haremza (Wilderman, South Africa/Glenwood House/Lamar University), who has been the Eagles’ top finisher in five of the seven tournaments this year. Rounding out the four-member Green and Blue squad at the competition is sophomore Megan Van Etten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell HS), and the freshmen duo of Georgia Price (Winchester, England/Fort Myers HS) and Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central HS).
At last year’s UC Invitational, then-sophomore Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS) finished in sole possession of first place on the 120-player leaderboard as Eagles concluded the event in a share of 11th place among the 18 teams.
In its best finish under Trew, the Eagles concluded the 36-hole NIU Snowbird Intercollegiate in third place on the 11-team leaderboard last Friday afternoon at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in Tampa, Fla. Haremza and Price led the Eagles, placing in a tie for eighth overall with scores of 76-80/156 and 79-77/156, respectively.
Fabienne Haremza – Sr.
Megan Van Etten – So.
Chelsea Guoynes – Fr.
Georgia Price – Fr.
Tournament Field (19 teams)
North Dakota State
Results and recaps from each day of the invitational will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.