Feb. 14, 2009
New Orleans - The 61st-ranked Tulane women's golf team opens its first spring season in four years this Sunday when the Green Wave hits the links at the Qdoba Invitational which runs through Tues., Feb. 17, at Don Shula's Golf Resort in Miami Lakes, Fla.
Fourteen teams are slated to compete as Augusta State, Georgia State, Illinois State, Louisville, Mercer, South Florida, Tulane, North Carolina State, Memphis, Oklahoma City University, UNC Greensboro, Washington State and James Madison join host Miami (Fla.) in the three-day tournament. Eleven of the 14 teams are ranked among Golf Week's top-100 teams, including Louisville, the tournament's top-ranked squad at No. 16.
The Green Wave enters its spring with a line-up of four freshmen, including Daniela Holmqvist, Ashley McKenney, Samantha Troyanovich and Stephanie Wagstaff, and pair of sophomores in Linn Gustafsson and Janine Fellows. Tulane is competing in its first spring since the 2005 campaign. Following that season, the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005, forced the suspension of the program until this past fall.
"We are excited to get the spring season underway," Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. "The team has been working very hard through the off-season and early this spring to prepare for the tough schedule we have ahead. These young ladies continue to mature on the golf course everyday and we are definitely getting better. The weather should be wonderful in Miami and I fully expect us to use this tournament to knock the rust off and continue our push towards our team/individual goals."
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