TCU Heads to Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

Alexandra Bonetti

Alexandra Bonetti

March 7, 2013

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's golf team begins play Friday at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C.

The second-annual tournament, hosted by the University of South Carolina, will be held at the Pete Dye-designed Long Cove Club.

The tournament received its name from South Carolina graduate and country music star Darius Rucker. The former lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish will again perform a concert for the participating teams.

TCU's opening-round tee times begin at 8:33 a.m. CST with live scoring available on

Last year's Darius Rucker Intercollegiate was shortened to 36 holes due to lighting and weather conditions. TCU placed seventh with Sanna Nuutinen tying for 30th with a pair of 76s.

Eight of the 15 teams in this year's field are ranked in Golfstat's top 20: No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Alabama, No. 7 Arizona, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 11 Vanderbilt, No. 14 Georgia, No. 17 Arizona State and No. 19 Virginia. Overall, 13 schools are in the top 50. TCU is ranked 57th.

When last in action, the Horned Frogs finished seventh at the Central District Invitational (Feb. 18-19). It was the second straight top-seven result to open the spring for TCU. Alexandra Bonetti led the Horned Frogs with a tie for ninth individually, marking her second straight career-best finish. She tied for 12th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.

Bonetti and Nuutinen will be joined in TCU's lineup by April McCoy, Kortnie Maxoutopoulis and Katy Cardno.

Bonetti, the lone Horned Frog to play in all six tournaments this season, is second on TCU with a 75.9 stroke average, trailing only Nuutinen's 74.8. Nuutinen has a team-best three top-20 finishes, including three of the last four tournaments.

McCoy, who won the Windy City Collegiate Classic in October for the Horned Frogs' only individual title this season, is third on the team with a 76.1 stroke average.

Maxoutopoulis, an All-Big East selection at Rutgers last season, arrived at TCU this semester. She has a 77.0 mark through her opening two tournaments as a Horned Frog.

The only senior on TCU's roster, Cardno has a 77.8 stroke average. She'll be equaling a career high by playing in her fifth tournament this season.



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