March 18, 2012

Women's Golf Opens Spring Schedule At C&F Invitational On March 18-20

Quinnipiac Bobcats at C&F Bank Invitational hosted by College of William & Mary
Kingsmill Resort - Williamsburg, Va.
Sunday, March 18
Monday, March 19
Tuesday, March 20


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The Quinnpiac women's golf team will travel to Williamsburg, Va. to compete in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate Women's Golf Tournament, hosted by the College of William & Mary. The Bobcats will hit the links on Sunday, March 18 at 9 a.m., as well as on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20.

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Live stats will be available for the tournament, as provided by William & Mary.

About The Tournament
The C&F Bank Intercollegiate Women's Golf Tournament will be held for the first time at Kingsmill Resort, on the famed River Course designed by Peter Dye.  The River Course hosted the Michelob Championship on the PGA Tour from 1968-2002, and the LPGA Michelob Ultra Open from 2003-2009.  This fall, the LPGA will return to Kingsmill with the Kingsmill Championship (Sept. 3-9).

First Time Out
This will also be the first time since 1992 that the tournament will be played over three rounds.  Three of the first four events were 54-hole affairs, but 18 of the last 19 were 36-holes (2003 was scheduled for 36, but cut by weather to one round).

The Field
In addition to host William & Mary, Quinnipiac will also compete against Boston College, Central Connecticut State, Delaware, Fairfield, Hampton, High Point, Hofstra, Lehigh, Longwood, Monmouth, Mt. St. Mary's, Penn, Quinnipiac, Radford, Sacred Heart, St. Leo, St. Francis (Pa.), St. John's, Toledo and Towson.

Tough Tourney
No player has ever won the C&F Bank tournament more than once, but Longwood's Kameron Carter could break that streak if she plays next week.  Carter was the winner in 2010.

The Coach
John O'Connor was named as the first head coach of the Quinnipiac women's golf program, one of two sports added for the 2010-11 season, along with women's rugby. O'Connor previously coached the men's golf team for three years.

The Captain
Senior Amanda Nagel will serve as the team's captain in her second season with the women's golf program. Nagel previously played for the women's ice hockey team, after transferring to Quinnipiac from Sacred Heart University. Last season, Nagel consistently finished in the top three of all Quinnipiac golfers at each of the Bobcats' tournaments. Nagel finished as Quinnipiac's top scorer at the Brown Invitational, the Columbia University Roar-EE Invitational , the Monmouth Invitational and the Hofstra Invitational.

The Seniors
Stacey Kmill and Nagel, both seniors and both former hockey players, are two of five seniors on the Bobcats' roster. Both return with playing experience from last season. Also joining the team as senior are Devon Gibney, Nicole Ferretti, Alessandra Screnci and Furtuna Velaj.  
"Stacey and Amanda love to compete and especially love the challenge of the golf course as do so many athletes after they can no longer compete in the sports more suited to youth. These two golfers thrive on the competitions and are getting better daily." – head coach John O'Connor

New, But Not Totally New
Kayla Ketcheson joins the Bobcats for her junior season. Ketcheson was a major contributor to the Bobcats' line-up in the fall. Ketcheson is a transfer from Northwood (Texas) University, where she was a two-year member of the women's golf team. Prior to attending Northwood, she played at St. Mary's (Manitoba) Academy, where she led the team to 2008 and 2009 Provincial Championship.
"Kayla Ketcheson, my number one golfer has spent her youth on golf courses and competing is also second nature to her. I expect this season to be her best as she has already practiced as if it were midseason." – O'Connor

Freshman Phenom
Freshman Hannah Russell jumped into the Bobcats rotation immediately after an impressive fall campaign. Russell was second to Ketcheson"Hannah Russell is the lone freshman competing this week and I'm looking for her to start posting some low scores. College golf takes a little while to adjust and Hannah is right on schedule." – O'Connor

FOURRRRRRR
Last season, sophomore Jenn Forlenza  was the only Quinnipiac golfer to finish in the top three in the Bobcats' line-up at each tournament she appeared in. Forlenza was the Bobcats' top finisher at Columbia University's Roar-EE Invitational with a 93 (+21). She closed out the year with a season-best 92 (+20) at the Northeast Conference Women's Golf Championships on Apr. 21-23. Also had a team- and season-best 89 in the final round of the NEC Golf Championships.
"Jenn Forlenza (sophomore) is adjusting nicely to college golf and show's real signs of great focus and good course management. Jenn was an all state fencing champion in high school and is also a fierce competitor. If Jenn can fine tune her short game her scores will drop substantially." - O'Connor