March 8, 2007
(San Francisco) - USF women's golf competes in its second tournament of the spring season at the 2007 UNLV Spring Invitational, beginning Monday, March 12 at the Boulder Creek Golf Club. The Dons take on a strong field of Western District opponents in the three-day event.
Five teams in the invitational are currently ranked in the top-40 in the current GolfWeek.com rankings, headlined by No. 11 New Mexico. In addition, No. 20 BYU, No. 32 and tournament host UNLV, No. 33 Campbell and No. 39 USF are among the nation's elite. Boise State, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Long Beach State, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Notre Dame, San Diego State, Texas Tech, Washington State round out the 18-team tournament field.
After a somewhat pedestrian start to the spring season with a fifth place finish at the 2007 Papa John's Invitational, the Dons look for a strong tournament in Vegas.
"After a disappointing trip to Miami, we find ourselves back in the fray against our Western District foes," USF head coach Josh Cupp said. This should be a great opportunity for us to improve our position and prove to ourselves we should be included in any discussion about elite teams in the West."
Seniors Kristin Nichols and Eloise Vicencio, junior Jessica Potter and freshmen Natasha Podmore and Christina Stockton will represent the Dons in the desert. Potter posted a top-10 finish in her first tournament of the spring and looks for more in Nevada, while Podmore posted her highest collegiate showing with a fourth place finish in her last event for the Dons and looks to continue to play quality golf. Nichols has made steady progress and looks for a breakthrough. Vicencio looks to be completely healthy and will compete in her first tournament for the Dons this spring. Stockton also looks for a strong showing.
"I expect a big tournament from Jessica Potter," Cupp said. Though she has played steady golf, she has breakthrough potential and I look for that kind of play next week. Natasha continues to improve, while Kristin has also progressed nicely. Christina has made some good adjustments and is almost there. Lastly Elle looks like she is righting the ship at the perfect time for us. She has more than steady play inside of her and I think her ability to go low matches anyone on the team."
Live scoring for the tournament will be available through Golfstat.com and can be accessed on USFDons.com.