Oct. 9, 2008
New Orleans - The Tulane women's golf team will open play among a field of 18 teams at the 12th annual Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championships this Friday through Sunday at the Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.
The Green Wave, which is ranked No. 52 this week, will compete for the tournament title at the par-72, 6,058-yard course. The 54-hole tournament will feature three rounds of 18 holes each day, and each round will get underway at 9 a.m.
Tulane enters its third event of the fall facing its stiffest challenge as 16 of the 18 teams in this year's field are ranked among the top 75 teams in the country according to Golfweek, while seven squads are ranked among the nation's top-25 teams. The University of Denver is the highest ranked squad in the field at No. 9. Along with Denver the top 25 teams are North Carolina (#10), LSU (#18), Louisville (#19), Kent State (#20), Texas A&M (#24) and Arkansas (#25).
"This is a great field and we are looking forward to seeing where we stack up," Tulane head coach John Thomas Horton said. "The Mercedes-Benz has traditionally been one of the best women's events in the country and we are proud to be a part of the competition. I would like to thank Judi Pavon and the University of Tennessee for the invitation."
Florida dominated last year's event with a tournament-record 865 team total and the Gators' Sandra Gal took home the individual medalist honors as well, topping Auburn's Cydney Clanton in the first playoff hole after both players registered a three-under par 210.
Live results for each round will be available at www.golfstat.com.