Memphis Opens Spring Season in Florida
Feb. 24, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's golf team kicks off their spring season on Monday in Miami Lakes, Florida. The Lady Tigers will compete in the Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge on Senator Golf Course at Shula's Golf Club in Miami Lakes, Florida. The tournament will be hosted by the University of Maryland. The field will consist of 16 teams, led by 23rd ranked North Carolina State. The Wolfpack are the only team in the field that is ranked in Golfstat's top-50. However, there are 10 top-100 teams, including North Carolina State. Miami (Fla.) and East Tennessee State follow at 52 and 53, respectively while Florida International ranks 57th and Missouri is at 58th. The top-100 teams are rounded out by Louisville (61), Maryland (63), Kansas (64), Mercer (78) and Arkansas State (98). The final six teams in the field are, Xavier, Cincinnati, Illinois State, Memphis, Jacksonville and UM-Kansas City. Alex Aläng leads the group of Lady Tigers into their first tournament of the spring. The senior closed the fall season with a third place finish at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational after shooting 219. Natalie Turk looks to carry some momentum over from the fall season as she closed with her best career tournament score of 232 at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Ashley Kees was one of two Lady Tigers to play in all five fall tournaments and had an average of 80.8 in 15 rounds. Shelby Sain and Ashleigh Whisenant will round out the Lady Tigers' squad, each having played in three fall tournaments. Whisenant ranked third on the team with an average of 78.5 strokes per round in the fall, and Sain closed the fall with a pair of consistent 78's at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. The Lady Tigers will be playing with Xavier and Jacksonville for the first two rounds. The trio will start on holes 12, 13, and 14. Senator Golf Course will play at 6,278 yards with a par of 72. The Sir Pizza Terrapin Challenge will tee-off the first of two rounds on Monday with a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. (ET) The tournament concludes with one round on Tuesday, starting at 8:00 a.m. (ET), and being followed by an awards ceremony.