Women's Golf Freshman to Compete in World Amateur Team Championships in Japan
Aug. 14, 2014
MEMPHIS - -
Incoming freshman women's golfer Michaela Fletcher (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) has been selected to represent her native South Africa in the World Amateur Team Championships in Japan in September. The tournament is conducted by the International Golf Federation and rotates among three geographical zones in the world (Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Europe-Africa) every other year. This year's tournament field consists of 50 teams from around the world and will be played on the Oshitate Course at the Karuizawa Prince Hotel and Resort, Sept. 3-14th.
Fletcher is currently ranked second on the Women's Golf South Africa senior rankings and has won three match play titles this season to go with eight top 10 finishes and a runner-up finish in the Sanlam SA Women's Stroke Play Championship in April. She is currently the No. 80 ranked female amateur golfer in the world on the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking.
She is one of three golfers who will represent South Africa at the international event, but this won't be her first experience in international play. Fletcher also has third place finishes in the 2011 Albatross International Junior Championship in New Delhi, India, and the 2013 RB German Junior Masters to her credit. Earlier this summer, she helped South Africa defend its All Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT). Fletcher came from three strokes back to sign for a three-under 68 in the final round for individual medalist honors. She also recorded the lowest round of the championship.
The selection to the World Amateur Team will mean that Fletcher will miss Memphis' first event of the season, the Memphis Intercollegiate. The Memphis Intercollegiate will be the golf program's first competition of the new season and will be held Sept. 8-9 at Ridgeway Country Club. Four other fall tournaments dot the Lady Tigers' fall schedule - the Cardinal Cup (Sept. 15-16), the Cincinnati Fall Invitational (Oct. 6-7), The Waverly Invitational (Oct. 20-22) and the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational (Nov. 2-4).
Fletcher is one of three newcomers to the Memphis women's golf program for the 2014-15 season. She will be joined by fellow freshmen Megan Beane (Clarksville, Tenn./Clarksville HS) and Emily Goldenstein (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway West HS).
That trio of players joins a roster of six returnees. Senior Ashley Kees and sophomore Leighann Cabush lead that core of returnees after being named to the inaugural American Athletic Conference all-conference squad last season. Kees finished in sixth place at the league championships, while Cabush finished one stroke behind Kees tied for seventh. The Lady Tiger team finished fourth at last year's conference championships.