@FGCU_WGOLF Readies for Kiawah Island Classic
Saturday, March 01, 2014 | by Jamie Church (@jlchurch)

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – The FGCU women’s golf team will travel to Kiawah Island, S.C. this weekend to participate in the sixth annual Kiawah Island Classic hosted by College of Charleston. The Eagles come off a week break following an 11th-place finish at the FSU Match Up.

“We have had a couple weeks of solid practice heading into this event,” explained head coach Sarah Trew of her expectations.  “We have focused a lot on short game and incorporating more shots into our individual games. This is one of the biggest fields in college golf and we get a look at two different golf courses. If we focus on taking one shot at a time and keeping a level head we will end up where we want to be when the tournament is over.”

This three-day Classic will feature 36 of the nation’s best women’s golf teams, including five teams currently ranked in the Top 100 by Golfweek.  The tournament field also includes Atlantic Sun foes the University of North Florida, USC Upstate and Northern Kentucky University. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort includes two courses: Cougar Point with a par-72, 6,001 yard course and Oak Point with a par-72, 5,902 yard course.  Live scoring will be available through www.Golfstat.com.

The Eagles will utilize a lineup of Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers High School), Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus High School), Megan VanEtten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell High School), Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn./Minnesota Virtual Academy) and Rebecca VanEtten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell High School)

Price finished atop the team leaderboard with a three-round score of 224 in the Eagles’ last event, the FSU Match Up.  Price shaved two strokes off her second-round score to produce an even 72 in the final round and finish tied for 16th in the field.

Play begins with Sunday’s first round at either Oak Point or Cougar Point with double tee times from 9:45 a.m. to 12:06 p.m. Teams will then play the opposite course on Monday with double tee times from 9 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday’s final round will have the Top 19 teams playing for the championship at Cougar Point, while the other 17 teams play a flight championship at Oak Point with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.

College of Charleston returns sophomore Julia Neumann (Berlin, Germany) to defend the title from last year’s event.  Neumann shot 3-over par to earn the individual medalist honor in 2013.