February 15, 2013

Women’s Golf Opens Spring Season At Florida State Match-Up Tournament

Greenville, S.C. – The Furman women's golf team will begin its spring season with a twist this weekend when it takes part in the inaugural Florida State Match-Up Tournament February 15-17, at the par-72, 7,172-yard Southwood Golf Club in Tallahassee, Florida.

The opening tournament of the spring is a very unique event and the first one of its kind in NCAA Women's Golf.  Invitations were sent out to six teams and those six teams were then able to contact a team of their choice to partner up with them for the tournament.  The team partnerships this year consist of head coaches partnering up with their former assistant coaches who are now coaching their own programs, former college teammates, rivals, friends, and teams that have fun together.

The twelve teams will tee off in twosomes for the first two rounds and then in a final round shotgun in threesomes.  The twosomes will consist of the partner teams playing together and for this year the partners are as follows: Florida State/Texas A&M, Oklahoma/Georgia, Notre Dame/Michigan, Tennessee/Texas San Antonio, Furman/Kansas, and UNC Greensboro/UNC Wilmington.  First-year Paladin head coach Kelley Hester was a teammate of Kansas head coach Erin O'Neil Miller at the University of Georgia.

"Erin and I were teammates at Georgia and it should be a lot of fun to team-up again," said Hester.  "This is a unique format so the girls are excited to team-up with another team to see what they can do."

The match-up portion of the tournament will be determined by taking the best four scores from the partners (which is a total of ten players) and the worst score to make the Match Up team total. At the end of the tournament, the teams with the lowest score will win the Match-Up.  An individual and team champion will also be crowned.

Furman's lineup for the opening event of the spring will contain freshman Valentina Romero, senior Laura Wearn, freshman Stephanie Carlozzi, junior Aubrie Street and junior Inga Gunnersdottir.

Live stats will be available thru GolfStat at www.FurmanPaladins.com and GolfstatResults.com.