October 21, 2013

Quinnipiac Classic To Be Held On Oct. 21-22 At TPC River Highlands

2013 Quinnipiac Women's Golf Classic
Date: Oct. 21-22, 2013
Location: TPC River Highlands - Cromwell, Conn.

The Third Annual Quinnipiac Women's Golf Classic will commence on Monday, Oct. 21, with the final round schedule for Tuesday, Oct. 22, at TPC River Highlands in Crowmell, Conn.

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The Course
First known as Middletown Golf Club in 1928 and later as Edgewood Country Club, TPC River Highlands' par-70, 6,841-yard course was completely redesigned by the legendary Pete Dye in 1982. The golf course underwent a second renovation in 1989 by noted golf course architect Bobby Weed and PGA TOUR Design Services, Inc., with PGA TOUR players Howard Twitty and Roger Maltbie serving as consultants. TPC River Highlands was named by Golf Digest "One of the Top 10 Golf Courses in the State" and the "Best Private Course in the State" by Connecticut Golfer Online for six consecutive years. More recently in 2012, TPC River Highlands was ranked No. 25 by PGA TOUR pros in Golf World's PGA TOUR Course Rankings. TPC River Highlands' award-winning golf course boasts a tough finishing stretch from holes 15-18. The 15, 16 and 17th holes all play around a four-acre lake. Stewart Cink, who won the 2008 Travelers Championship, called the final four holes, "four of the most exciting finishing holes in a group anywhere in the world." While challenging enough for the best players in the world during the Travelers Championship, multiple tees on each hole allow golfers of all abilities to enjoy the PGA TOUR experience that TPC River Highlands offers.

The Field
Quinnipiac will host Appalachian State, Delaware State, Fairfield, Hartford and St. Francis Brooklyn at the third annual Quinnipiac Classic. Delaware State, Fairfield and Hartford competed in the event last year while Appalachian State and St. Francis Brooklyn will be first time competitors. 

Last Year's Tournament
At last year's classic, Quinnipiac won its first tournament in program history. Quinnipiac combined to shoot a 661 (333-328) to edge Merrimack (330-336--666). In addition, former Bobcat Krissy Unger took medalist honors while senior Kayla Ketcheson finished third. Sophomore captain Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Conn.) finished the tournament in 14th place while Taylor Lambrou (Baldwin, N.Y.) finished in 19th.

The Newcomers
Freshman standout Nicole Scola (Westerly, R.I.) has made an immediate impact in the Bobcats' line-up, leading Quinnipiac at each of their five tournaments of the 2013 schedule. Scola currently owns four of the top six, and six of the top 10 rounds in program history. In addition, her 70 at the Dartmouth Invitational is the lowest in Quinnipiac history, and the only round below par in QU's four year history, while her 73 at the Yale Invitational is the second lowest of all-time.  She also holds the program record for a 36-hole tournament, when she shot a 147 at the Dartmouth Invitational, and a 54-hole tournament with a 229 at Yale's Tournament.

New-Found Success
Head coach John O'Connor has put together a squad that has compiled six of the seven-best team combined scores in program history in 2013-14.

Bird Is The Word
Sophomore captain Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Conn.) currently holds Quinnipiac's record for career birdies, registering 32 in 34 career rounds, while her 20 last season was a program single-season record. In addition, Whaley owns the only eagle in program history as well.

Not Far Behind
Nicole Scola, through 11 career rounds, already has compiled 15 birdies. She needs five to match Whaley's single-season record in 2012-13.

Better Than Average
Scola owns a team-best 76.55 average score per 18 holes this season, followed by Whaley (81.09) and freshman Emily Ribbins (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands) at 83.14 in seven rounds to date. Alexa Gentile (No. Providence, R.I.) and senior Jennifer Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) are averaging 87.0 per 18 holes, good for career bests for both golfers.

Four-Year Veteran
Senior Jenn Forlenza is the only Quinnipiac athlete to compete with the women's golf team for four years. As a freshman in 2010-11, Forlenza averaged 100.60 per 18 holes in the program's first year. As a sophomore, she cut her average score to 97.04 and as a junior, it dropped down to 93.63 before turning in a career-best 87.0 per round. Her 81 after the first round of the Dartmouth Invitational was a career-best.