JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. – The FGCU women’s golf team will begin play at the 25th Atlantic Sun Women’s Golf Championship Monday, April 14 at the Pines Lakes Course at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. The tournament will consist of three rounds, with one played each day Monday through Wednesday. The teams will tee off at 8 a.m. each day.
The Jekyll Island Golf Club is Georgia’s largest public golf course. The Pine Lakes Course is the club’s longest course at 6,700 yards.
The Eagles will utilize a lineup of:
- Briana Carlson (Inverness, Fla./Citrus High School),
- Georgia Price (Bude, England/Fort Myers High School)
- Chelsea Guoynes (Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City Central High School)
- Mei Khuan Yong (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/S.M.K. Cochrane)
- Megan VanEtten (Trinity, Fla./J.W. Mitchell High School)
“This tournament is what we work for all year, a chance to contend for a Conference Championship,” explained head coach Sarah Trew. “We are going into this tournament well rested and riding a high of putting up some solid numbers in our last few events. Our conference is very strong though, with many teams playing well as of late. For us to be successful we will have play the challenging holes smart, attack the holes we can take advantage of, and manage emotions. We have seen this course several times and have a history of success out there so carrying that confidence into the Championship is key. We are very excited to get out there and compete this week.”
The Eagles finished third at last year’s A-Sun Championship at Jekyll Island. The team carded an overall score of 887 through three rounds, just seven strokes behind tournament leader ETSU. Then senior Kristin Swindell led the team with a fourth-place finish and a score of 216, while Carlson and Price both finished among the top 11 with scores of 219 and 222, respectively.
This year’s team currently holds the program record for lowest round average at 308 but will face strong competition against its A-Sun foes. Carlson currently leads the team with a round average of 75.65 in 23 rounds this season, while Price sits just one stroke behind at 76.35. Carlson, Price and Guoynes all tie for the team’s lowest individual round of the season at 71.
Despite the strong season, the Eagles enter the championship ranked seventh in the field of 10 teams. Defending champion, ETSU returns four of their five players and currently holds the highest Golfweek and Golfstat ranking among Atlantic Sun teams.
Kennesaw State's Ines Lescudier returns to defend her individual title. Last year, Lescudier shot a 6-under 210, including an A-Sun Championship record 66 in the final round, to capture the individual medalist honor. Six of last year's top seven individual golfers return in 2014.
Overall, the A-Sun celebrated six tournament victories this year. Mercer led the way with two wins, while Jacksonville made history winning for the first time since 2006-07.
ETSU, FGCU and Lipscomb were the other tournament winners over the course of the 2013-14 season. Individually the conference had eight golfers claim tournament victories, including Carlson’s top finish at the FGCU Eagle Invitational in the fall.
Tournament Field (Golfstat Ranking)
Kennesaw State 78
USC Upstate 205
Northern Kentucky 223