The Quinnipiac women's golf team will travel to Daytona Beach, Fla. for the 2012 Northeast Conference Championships at LPGA International on April 27-29.
Fairleigh Dickinson has won the last four Northeast Conference Championships, while Sacred Heart was tabbed as the preseason favorite to take the 2012 crown. LIU Brooklyn will be in the mix as they bring back the 2011 individual champion, Anna Palsson. Robert Morris is coming off a pair of Top 3 finishes at the Mount St. Mary's and Niagara tournament after finishing third last season. Central Connecticut tied LIU Brooklyn at the Mount tournament while Monmouth, Mount St. Mary's and St. Francis (N.Y.) will also challenge the field.
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The Bobcats and The NEC's
Quinnipiac will be participating in their second Northeast Conference Championship in the program's short history. The bobcats finished 11th last season, led by senior Brianna Tansey.
Experience Will Be Key
Jennifer Forlenza shot the Bobcats' best round of the 2011 NEC Championship, posting an 89 on the last day of the event. Amanda Nagel also brings playing experience to her second conference tournament.
Ketch of the Day
Kayla Ketcheson has been the Bobcats' top finisher at all but one event this season for the Bobcats. Ketcheson is averaging a team-best 85.26 per round while also holding the low-round of the year, a 79 at the Brown Invitational. Ketcheson's lone +90 round came in her first tournament of the season on the first day of the Dartmouth Women's Invitational when she carded a 92.
Record Breaking Performance, Part I
At the 2011 Brown Invitational, junior Kayla Ketcheson shot a 79 on the second day of the tournament to become the first golfer in Quinnipiac women's golf history to break 80. Ketcheson held the Bobcats' previous all-time best mark with an 80 at the Rutger's Invitational on Oct. 12, 2011.
Record Breaking Performance, Part II
Ketcheson's two-day total of 167 at the Brown Invitational also tied the Quinnipiac tournament record, which she also set at the ECAC Championships on Oct. 3-4, 2011. Ketcheson went on to break that record with a 166 at the two-day Hartford Invitational on Apr. 16-17.
At all but one event this spring, Quinnipiac has improved on their combined team score on the second day of the tournament from the first day. At their only three-day tournament of the year, the C&F Bank Intercollegiate, Quinnipaic improved by 16 shots from the first day to the second, and nine shots on the third day from the second. Overall for the tournament, Quinnipiac improved by 25 shots from the first to third round. Most notably, Quinnipiac showed a 27-stroke difference from the first day of the Brown Invitational to the second.
Give Her a Hann
Freshman Hannah Russell, sidelined from the last two tournaments, sits behind Ketcheson with a 92.43 average score per round. Russell's best tournament came at the ECAC Division I Championship on Oct. 2-3 with an 85 on the second day for a combined 172.
Senior Amanda Nagel is third in the Bobcats' line-up at 95.75 per round. Nagel's best round of the season came at the Monmouth Hawk Invitational when she shot an 87, a five stroke improvement from the previous day. Nagel hadn't shot higher than 83 in seven straight rounds before a 98 on the final day of the Hartford Invitational.
You Have To Walk Before You Can Run
In the most recent NCAA Division I Women's Golf Relative Ranking - compiled by GOLFSTAT.com as a mean's of comparing all 254 DI women's golf programs - Quinnipiac jumped four spots from 251 to 247 after the Brown Invitational and currently sit at 246.
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.
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