BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s golf team will host the 2013 Eagle Invitational Sunday, Sept. 15 and Monday, Sept. 16 at Worthington Country Club in Bonita Springs, Fla. The Eagles will welcome seven other teams for the two-day event which features 54 holes.
The 2013 Eagle Invitational will feature eight Florida-based teams as the Eagles will challenge Bethune-Cookman University, Florida Atlantic University, The University of Tampa, Johnson and Wales, Northwood University, Barry University and The University of West Florida.
The event is the first hosted by the FGCU women’s golf team since 2009.
“This is an exciting weekend for FGCU Women's Golf. We are proud to be hosting the 2013 Eagle Invitational Presented by Worthington Country Club and Embassy Suites,” explained head coach Sarah Trew. “Anytime we can host an event it is a huge advantage not only because we know the course but also the fact that we can sleep in our own beds and we have the support of our friends, family, and community. Hosting the Eagle Invitational is special for us because our sport traditionally travels most of the season and we do not get to play but once or twice a year in front of a home crowd. Our team is honored to be able to show off our campus, facilities, and what dunk city has to offer.”
Play will begin at 8:15 a.m. both days with a shot gun start for all players. Teams will complete 36 holes on Sunday with 18 holes to play on Monday. Traditional scoring will be in effect with each team competing with five players, and the top four individuals contributing to their team total. Scoring will be provided after each round via GolfStat.com and FGCUAthletics.com.
The Worthington course features four par-three, 10 par-four and four par-five holes and a total yardage of 6,045. Tees will be adjusted for Monday’s round.
FGCU enters the Eagle Invitational after a third-place finish at the season-opening EAT A PEACH Collegiate, hosted by Mercer in Jekyll Island, Ga. The Eagles recorded team totals of 308 in the final two rounds at Pine Lakes Golf Course to finish the tournament with a final card of 937 through three rounds.
Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central HS) finished 8th overall with a score of 232 (78-76-78) to lead the Eagles, while Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers HS) was tied for 9th at the end of the three-day invitational, shooting a 233 (80-76-77). Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus HS) capped the tournament in sole possession of 11th place and a score of 234 following a final-round 77, which concluded her tournament with a shot off each round from Friday through Sunday (79-78-77).
“Tomorrow our plan is to go out there and play one shot at a time and enjoy the following we will have on the course,” Trew said. “The biggest obstacle teams face when hosting an event is making sure they don't beat themselves because when you know a course like the back of your hand, it is easy to put pressure and unrealistic expectations on yourself. I think if we go out there have fun and focus on the process rather than the result we will be where we want to on Monday afternoon.”
Following the Eagle Invitational, the Green and Blue will participate in the three-day LPGA Xavier Invitational Oct. 5-7 in Daytona Beach, Fla.