TCU Women's Golf Finishes Up Fall Schedule
Oct. 21, 2004
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Horned Frog women's golf team travels to South Carolina for the 34th annual Lady Paladin Invitational this Friday through Sunday hosted by Furman University at the Furman Golf Course. Seven teams in the field of 23 are ranked in the top 30, including No. 2 Auburn and No. 4 Georgia.
The 54-hole tournament will begin at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, with rounds two and three slated for an 8:20 start on Saturday and a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday. Furman, which last won the Lady Paladin team title in 2002, will be paired with Georgia and TCU on Friday and will begin teeing off No. 1 at 9:10 a.m. On Saturday, the host Lady Paladins will go off the 10th tee starting at 12:30 p.m., and will again be paired with UGA and TCU.
Todd McCorkle's University of Georgia Bulldogs won the 2003 Lady Paladin Title in record fashion, setting a new single-round record with a 283 on day two and a new three-round total of 866, but UGA will have to get past 23 total teams, including seven ranked in the Golfweek top 30, to repeat as Lady Paladin Champions. The Auburn Tigers, who did not compete last year, but won the team title in 2000 and 2001, will be chief among those rivals. The Tigers bring a No. 2 ranking into the tournament. In addition, the Florida Gators are 13th, Michigan State is 20th, Furman is 21st, Mississippi State is 30th, and Northwestern is 38th.
In addition to taking home the team title, UGA's Natalia Nichols won 2003 medalist honors and will be back to defend her title. Chief among her rivals is teammate Whitney Wade, who tied for second at the Lady Paladin as a freshman last year, and Furman's own Jenny Suh, who placed sixth in her freshman campaign.
All 23 teams will have a chance to play a practice round Thursday at
Furman, before teeing it up Friday for the competitions' first round.
Past Lady Paladin Invitational individual champions include Nancy Lopez,
Betsy King, Donna Andrews, Dottie Pepper, and Angela Stanford.