JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After opening the season by downing North Florida at the Hughes Cup on Labor Day, the Jacksonville University women’s golf team takes part in its first stroke play event of the 2013-14 season on Monday, taking part in the Minnesota Invitational.
While the two-day tournament is in its first year, Minnesota has attracted a wealth of talented teams to fill out the 12-team field. Alongside JU at the event are nine teams currently ranked in the Top 100 in the nation by Golfstat. Leading the charge is Texas State, which comes in at No. 45 nationally entering this week’s competition. Along with the Bobcats, four other teams in the tournament – Augusta State, Kent State, San Diego State and UC-Irvine – teed off at NCAA Regionals in 2012-13.
The host course for the Minnesota Invitational is the Minikahda Club, located on the west side of Minneapolis. Host to a number of major tournaments through the years, including the 1916 U.S. Open, 1927 U.S. Amateur and 1988 U.S. Women’s Amateur, the Minikahda Club will play as a Par 72 for this event. The five Jacksonville representatives – Morgan Matchett, Sabrina Rumbaugh, Natalie Schmett, Jessica Welch and Francesca Yong – will play two rounds on Monday beginning at 7:45 a.m., before teeing off for one more round on Tuesday morning beginning at 9 a.m.
After seeing her team take home the Hughes Cup, Head Coach Jennifer Borocz is hoping the Dolphins meet the challenge of playing a tough field in a new environment. “I’m looking forward to the first stroke play event of the season to see where we stand. We have a good group of girls and they’ve been working hard at practice. This event has a very good field so it will be a test for us."
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