Women's Golf Looking for First Sun Belt Conference Title
Muscle Shoals, Ala. - The Coastal Carolina University women’s golf team will travel to the state of Alabama in hopes of returning to Conway with the program’s first Sun Belt Conference women’s championship in their first season of Sun Belt competition.
The Chanticleers will enter the championship as the top seed and are ranked 79th nationally in the latest GolfStat Women’s Team Collegiate Rankings.
The championship will be played at The Shoals Golf Club – Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Ala., April 17-19. The Fighting Joe course is a par-72, 6,203 yard layout with 3,119 yards to be played on the front nine followed by 3,084 yards on the back nine.
CCU’s Malene Krolboll Hansen will lead the Chanticleers. Heading into post season action, Hansen is the 84th ranked player in NCAA Division I women’s intercollegiate golf and has a team and conference-best 72.46 average over her eight competitions this season.
She has three top-five performances this season, including a win at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. She finished second at the Palmetto Intercollegiate and third at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic.
Hanson also has a top-10 finish (7th) at the Meadow Club Women’s Intercollegiate.
Damla Bilgic missed some of the earlier events, but is beginning to play solid and is coming off a career-best four-over 220 at the El Tigre Invitational just last week. She finished the event tied for 12th and enters the SBC Tournament with a 76.08 per round average.
Sophomore Marie Lunackova enters the competition with CCU’s second-best stroke average. Her 75.19 average is second only to Hansen’s.
Freshmen Stephanie Henning and Victoria Parker will round out the CCU competitors in the championship. Both players have had freshman-like up-and-down season’s, but both enter the action with solid first year’s under their belts.
Henning has a 76.94 average entering play and has two top-20 finishes this season. Her best finish was 15th at the Palmetto Intercollegiate and finished 17th at the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic.
Parker’s average entering the week is 77.19. She missed several matches this season, but has been able to slowly show improvement each week she has been on the course.
The first and second rounds of the SBC Championship will begin at 8 a.m. each day, with the Chanticleers teeing off on hole #1 at 8:45 a.m. Check goccusports.com for live scoring.