Seniors to Lead Lady Tigers in 2012-13
Sept. 4, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis women's golf team is coming off their third straight fourth-place finish at the Conference USA Championship. However, Head Coach Beth Harrelson returns three seniors from last season's squad. The trio of Alex Aläng, Julia Hodgson and Sarah Mathews should lead the veteran team for the 2012-13 season.The Lady Tigers posted four top-5 finishes in 2011-12, including a pair of tournament victories. Memphis earned a tie for first place in the Memphis Fall Invitational and followed that performance by taking first place outright in their next tournament, the UAB Fall Beach Blast. Aläng hails from Tullinge, Sweden and posted the best scoring average of her career in 2011-12. Her 76.9 strokes per round average landed her third on the team and first among returners. At the C-USA Championship, Aläng was the Lady Tigers top finisher, placing in a tie for 15th after shooting a 229 (78-75-76). Aläng posted her best finish of the season, third at the UAB Fall Beach Blast, shooting 76-75 for a total of 151. Fellow senior, and a Unionville, Ontario native, Hodgson posted a scoring average of 78.0 last season. She registered a low round of 74 three times. Hodgson's best finish of the season, 17th, came in both of the Lady Tigers' wins, the Memphis Fall Invitational and the UAB Fall Beach Blast. A native of Memphis, Tenn., Mathews' lowest tournament score came at the UCF Challenge, where she shot 229 (76-78-75). She helped the Lady Tigers win their second tournament of the year, placing 17th with a 162 (75-87) at the UAB Fall Beach Blast. Mathews ended the season with a 79.3 scoring average. Other returners for the Lady Tigers include Ashley Kees, Natalie Turk and Ashley Whisenant. Kees, a Fort Wayne, Ind., native, only participated in one tournament a season ago due to injury, while Turk and Whisenant turned in solid freshmen seasons. A Brentwood, Tenn., native, Turk participated in three tournaments for the Lady Tigers in 2011-12. Whisenant participated in four tournaments a season ago and hails from Attalla, Ala. Her best score came at the Rebel Intercollegiate, where she shot 80-76-76 for a 232, placing her in a tie for 48th. Memphis also welcomes three newcomers, transfer student Shelby Sain and freshmen Andrea Cropper and Julia Gerlach. A Bolivar, Tenn., native, Sain spent the last three years at Ole Miss. She took a redshirt in 2009-10 and played in one tournament each of the past two for the Rebels. Cropper hails from Nashville, Tenn., while Gerlach comes to Memphis from Munich, Germany. The Lady Tigers lost their top two players in terms of scoring average from a season ago, Marissa Steen and Kathleen Glavin. Glavin posted one individual victory last season, while Steen won two tournaments and posted a second place finish. Memphis opens their fall season with the Old Waverly Bulldog Invitational hosted by Mississippi State on September 10-12. The Lady Tigers host the Memphis Fall Invitational at Ridgeway Country Club in Germantown on October 22-23 before wrapping up the fall season with a trip to the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, hosted by Hawaii. The spring portion of the schedule is highlighted by the Bancorp South Rebel Intercollegiate, hosted by Ole Miss on April 5-7. The season concludes with the C-USA Championship in Gulf Shores, Ala., on April 22-24.