ASHEVILLE, N.C. – UNC Asheville women’s golf opens its spring season at the 2017 Amelia Island Collegiate in Fernandina Beach, Fla.
The 54-hole event, which takes place Feb. 20-21, will be contested at the Amelia National Golf Club and feature a 17-team field, its largest since the event started in 2014.
ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT: The preview is a 54-hole tournament with 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes on Tuesday.
ABOUT THE COURSE: The 6,029 yard, par 72 course was designed by Tom Fazio and is considered by many as one of the most visually spectacular golf courses in the country.
FIELD: Bradley, Campbell, Cincinnati, Daytona State, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Mercer, Morehead State, North Florida, Sam Houston, Samford, Tulsa, UNC Asheville and Winthrop.
BREAKING DOWN THE FIELD: Last year’s champion North Florida returns to the event after edging out Cincinnati by five strokes last year. Cincinnati, Daytona State, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State, North Florida, and Winthrop are the most familiar with the course and have competed in the Amelia Island Collegiate tournament since the beginning. New teams participating this year include Mercer, Sam Houston, Samford and UNC Asheville.
LAST TIME OUT: The UNC Asheville women finished out their fall season at the Big South Preview Tournament Nov. 5-6, 2016, shooting a season-best 304 strokes as a team and coming in fifth place. The top finisher for UNC Asheville was freshman Linna Brooks, who finished 15th overall (79-76=155).
UP NEXT FOR THE BULLDOGS: UNC Asheville resumes its spring slate at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic in Johns Island, S.C. on February 26-28. The tournament is hosted by the College of Charleston.
“I am excited to get our spring season underway. We ended our fall season shooting our best team score of 304, so I am looking forward to continuing in that direction. We spent this week focusing on our wedge play and approach shots. I would like to see our greens in regulation percentage increase this spring, so we can reduce the amount of pressure we are putting on our short game. ” – Head Coach Breanne Hall