The Quinnipiac University women's golf team will play its first tournament of its Spring schedule at the Appalachian State Invitational in Morganton, N.C. on Mar. 30-31. The Bobcats hit the links on Sunday for the first round of the two-day event at the par-72, 6,010-yard Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club.
The field will feature host institution Appalachian State as well as Bethune-Cookman, The Citadel, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Presbyterian, Sand Hills Community College, South Carolina State, Towson, Albany, West Carolina, Winthrop and Wofford.
In its fourth year of existance as a NCAA Division I varsity sport, head coach John O'Connor's Bobcats will be lead by co-captains Jennifer Forlenza (Wayne, N.J.) and Jenn Whaley (Farmington, Conn.).
Forlenza is in her fourth year as a member of Quinnipiac's women's golf team, and the only student-athlete on this season's roster to play on the first team in 2010-11. In six tournaments this fall, Forlenza averaged an 88.23 per 18-hole round. Her top finish came on the first day of the Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 14 when she carded a career-best 81 before finishing the 36-hole tournament with a personal best 170 for the weekend. It was also the fourth lowest scored this fall among all Quinnipiac golfers.
Whaley is currently in her second season at Quinnipiac and was honored with co-captain honors after a promising freshman campaign that saw her post a 84.26 average in 12 tournaments in 2012-13. Last season, she set the program single-season record with 20 birdies, and currently sits on 12 this year, for 32 for her career. She also had the program's first eagle, and owns three of the top-10 18-hole rounds in program history. She also owns two of the top five 36-hole tournament scores as well as two of the top five 54-hole tournament scores. This season, Whaley's best round came at the Dartmouth Invitational when she shot a 74 on the first day, following by a 76 on the second day to finish 11th out of 63 with a 150. She also finished 16th out of 65 at the St. John's Invitational with a two-day 162 (80-82).
Through the first two months of her collegiate career, freshman Nicole Scola (Westerly, R.I.) made an incredible start to her career. The first-year Bobcat earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Golfer of the Month honors in September and October. Scola led Quinnipiac with a team-best 76.92 average in 13 rounds of competition. Scola also led the team with 16 birdies, ranking 690th out of 4,391 NCAA Division I golfers. Seven of her 13 career 18-hole rounds rank in the Top 10 in Quinnipiac history, while she also tallied the top two 36-hole totals all-time at Quinnipiac, and four of the top five 36-hole totals all-time. She also holds the Quinnipiac record for a 54-hole tournament, with a +16, 229 at the Yale Women's Fall Intercollegiate.
WHAT'S UP NEXT?
Following this weekend's play in Morganton, the Bobcats will travel to Denton, Md. to compete in the Delaware State Invitational on Apr. 5-6. Quinnipiac will then play in the Brown Invitational on Mar. 13-14 before playing in its final regular-season tournament on Apr. 18. The Bobcats will then travel to Florida to compete in the MAAC Championship at Palms Disney Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista on Mar. 25-27.