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USF Women's Golf Opens 2006 Fall Season in Albuquerque

Sept. 7, 2006

(San Francisco) - USF women's golf will head to Albuquerque, New Mexico to kick off the 2006-07 season at the 28th Annual Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico on its Championship Course. Tournament play will begin Monday, September 11 and run through Tuesday, September 12.

The Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational has not been a regular tournament featured on the Don's schedule. The team will compete against a field of collegiate teams including Arizona State, BYU, Florida, Hawai'i, Nevada-Las Vegas, New Mexico State, North Carolina-Wilmington, Oregon, San Diego State, San Francisco, South Carolina, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UTEP.

Second year USF head coach Josh Cupp welcomes the opportunity to tackle a new course, especially one as demanding as the Championship Course, which is scheduled to serve as the site for the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Finals in 2008.

"This tournament will provide a tough course and a strong field of collegiate teams from many different regions. After working hard this summer, the girls are ready to be thrown into the fire. This will be great practice and I am excited to see where everyone is at individually, including our two freshmen," Cupp said.

A talented group of returning players are ready for their season debuts, including star junior Jessica Potter. Potter enjoyed a successful summer winning the 2006 Royale Cup National Canadian Women's Amateur Championship and is ready to climb the rankings of collegiate golfers this year as a solid competitor.

Senior Kristin Nichols and junior Casey Gee will also join Potter on the team traveling to New Mexico. Nichols, an All-WCC First Team member, was a solid competitor for the Dons last fall, scoring a 54-hole tournament low 226 (73, 75, 78) in one of the first tournaments of the season. After qualifying for the 2006 US Women's Amateur Championship over the summer, Gee has the confidence and experience to have a breakthrough tournament.

This tournament will mark the Green and Gold debuts of two highly anticipated freshmen, Natasha Podmore and Christina Stockton. Podmore arrived at the Hilltop after tearing up the playing field in premiere tournaments in England and looks to play competitively at the collegiate level with her strong work ethic and solid disposition on the course. The highly recruited Stockton has already acquired impressive credentials in her career with a powerful swing that will help her to compete amongst a collegiate field.

Look for action to get underway on Monday, September 11 with two rounds of golf at UNM's Championship Course. All results and live scoring will be available at USFDons.com.