FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s golf team will return to the course on Sunday morning, March 3rd, as the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston, begins at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, S.C. The three-day tournament gets underway on Sunday morning and will conclude with a final round on Tuesday.
"This is one of the biggest tournaments in the country in respect to field size. The format remains the same however we play 2 different courses and only get to see one of them in the practice round,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “I think this will actually benefit us since we can sometimes over think things instead of simply focusing on what is in front of us. We have had some of most focused practices I have seen in the last couple weeks and we are excited to get back out on the course. This tournament is always a fun event and provides a lot of opportunities for team bonding. I think this will keep us loose and help free us up, which will lead to some of our best golf yet."
The Eagles are coming off a 6th place finish at the Le Triomphe Invitational which saw sophomore Georgia Price (Winchester, England/Fort Myers HS) led the squad finishing in a tie for 11th place with a total score of 235.
The 33-team field includes Bucknell, Campbell, Central Arkansas, Charleston Southern, The Citadel, College of Charleston, Daytona State, Elon, Fairleigh Dickinson, High Point, IUPUI, Jacksonville State, Longwood, Loyola Chicago, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, Newberry, North Florida, UNCG, Oral Roberts, Presbyterian, Radford, Richmond, Samford, St. Johns, Stephen F. Austin, Tennessee Tech, Towson, Troy, Western Kentucky, Winthrop and Wofford.
The Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic will be played on either the Oak Point or Cougar Point golf course. Layout for Oak Point is a 5,907-yards, par-72 configuration and Cougar Point is a slightly longer 6,001-yards, par-72 configuration. The first two rounds will be played at either golf course with the top 18 teams playing at Cougar Point on Tuesday. Sunday and Monday will begin at 10 a.m. with Tuesday’s final round shotgun start beginning at 9 a.m. and will play 18 holes each day. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island played host to the 2012 PGA Championship in which Rory McIlroy won by a historic eight strokes.
The Green and Blue will sport the five-person lineup of redshirt juniors Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS), sophomores Georgia Price (Winchester, England/Fort Myers HS) and Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central HS), redshirt-freshman Kristin Swindell (Bradenton, Fla./Braden River HS) and freshman Sara Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn./Minnesota Virtual Academy HS).
Live scoring will be available on www.GolfStat.com and a link will be provided on www.FGCUATHLETICS.com. Results and recaps will also be provided after each day on the FGCU Athletic website.
Sara Detlefsen, Fr.
Kristin Swindell, R-Fr.
Georgia Price, So.
Briana Carlson, R-Jr.
Chelsea Guoynes, So.
College of Charleston
Middle Tennessee State
Stephen F. Austin