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USF Women's Golf Set to Contend at 2006 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational

Oct. 6, 2006

(San Francisco) - USF women's golf will compete at the 2006 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, hosted by Washington in Sammamish, WA. The tournament will begin on Monday, October 9 with two rounds and the final round will be played on Tuesday, October 10 at the Sahalee Country Club.

USF enjoyed a strong finish at the 2006 Jeannine McHaney Intercollegiate September 18-19, finishing tied for second with an 881 (291, 291, 299), just three strokes out of the lead. The Dons were led by freshman Christina Stockton who posted a one-under 215 (72, 73, 70) to take fifth place. Stockton was recently named West Coast Conference September Player of the Month for women's golf.

Senior Kristin Nichols and junior Jessica Potter were also steady threats for the Green and Gold. Nichols carded a 219 (73, 72, 74), a new personal career low, good for a share of ninth place and Potter finished in 14th place at 222 (73, 70, 79).

San Francisco, currently ranked No. 37 by GolfWeek, will face a tough field of top collegiate teams at Sahalee, including Washington, Long Beach State, Cal, Oregon State, No. 13 Stanford, No. 4 Arizona, No. 6 Arizona State, Oregon, Pepperdine, Washington State, New Mexico, and No. 19 USC.

"We are fortunate to be included in this competitive collegiate field and we are looking forward to proving we belong. The girls are fired up; these dates have been circled in our calendar for a long time," head coach Josh Cupp said.

Along with Potter, Nichols and Stockton, freshman Natasha Podmore will rejoin the traveling team and sophomore Andrea Zwartynski will make her 2006 fall season debut at Sahalee, one of the top-100 courses in America.

"This will be a tough course, but with the momentum we have going into the tournament, we are more than capable to compete at a high level," assistant coach Chad Hossack said.

This tournament will mark the first time the Dons will face WCC rival Pepperdine. The Waves, ranked No. 4 in preseason polls, captured the title at the 2005 Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational posting an 891 (294, 307, 290) but have yet to compete in a tournament this season. USF looks to close in on Pepperdine, who finished four strokes ahead of the Dons in last year's West Coast Conference Championship.

Look for action to get under way Monday, October 9. Visit www.usfdons.com for live scoring and a full recap and results.