TCU Heads to PING/ASU Invitational
April 11, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's golf team returns to action Friday when it begins play at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
The 53rd-ranked Horned Frogs are in the PING/ASU Invitational for the third straight spring. TCU was fourth last year with Rachel Raastad tying for third individually.
The tournament is held at the par 72, 6,223-yard ASU Karsten Golf Course. Friday's opening round tee times for TCU begin at 10 a.m. CDT. Live scoring is avaiable at www.Golfstat.com.
Eleven of the 17 teams in this weekend's field are ranked in the top 25, including No. 1 USC, No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Alabama, No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 Washington, No. 11 UCLA, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 15 UC Davis, No. 16 Stanford, No. 22 Texas and No. 25 Texas A&M. In addition to TCU, other competing schools are California, Colorado, Oregon, South Carolina and UNLV.
TCU's lineup will be Alexandra Bonetti, Sanna Nuutinen, Maria Maymon, April McCoy and Kortnie Maxoutopoulis. Bonetti, Nuutinen and McCoy played in last year's PING/ASU Invitational. With a 6-over-par 222, McCoy was the top finisher among the trio with a tie for 26th.
When last in action, the Horned Frogs defeated six top-50 programs en route to a fourth-place finish at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic (March 22-24).
Bonetti was sixth individually, marking the third time in the last four tournaments she's had a career-best result. The sophomore from Paris, France, is second on TCU with a 75.8 stroke average. The lone Horned Frog to play in all eight tournaments this season, Bonetti is ranked 166th in the country.
Nuutinen has a team-best 75.3 stroke average and is ranked 118th nationally. A native of Helsinki, Finland, Nuutinen tied for seventh at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic for her team-best third top-10 finish in seven tournaments this season. She's making her third appearance at the PING/ASU Invitational.
Since transferring from Rutgers, Maxoutopoulis has played in all four spring tournaments and improved her finish in each event. She was 31st at the LSU Tiger Golf Classic. The Pleasanton, Calif., native is third on TCU with a 76.8 stroke average.
McCoy took medalist honors at October's Windy City Collegiate Classic for the Horned Frogs' lone individual title this season.
A freshman from Huixquilucan, Mexico, Maymon will be playing in her seventh tournament.
TCU has recorded a top-seven finish in three of its last four tournaments and has four top-10 results in eight events this season.
The PING/ASU Invitational is the Horned Frogs' final tournament before next weekend's Big 12 Championships in Rhodes, Iowa.