CONWAY, S.C. -- The Coastal Carolina women's golf team is going to play in its second tournament of the year at the 36th Annual Lady Paladin Invitational, Fri.-Sun., Oct. 6-8. The 54-hole event is being played at the Furman Golf Course (Par 72 - 6,103 yards) in Greenville, S.C.
The Lady Chanticleers will compete with 16 other teams for the 2006 title, attempting to dethrone host Furman from the top spot. The Lady Paladins won the 2005 tournament by five shots over Mississippi State. Of the 17 teams in the field, 11 of them are ranked in the GolfWeek/Sagarin top 100, including 17th-ranked Northwestern, TCU (31st), Furman (33rd), Augusta State (35th) and Memphis (47th).
"The ladies had a really good, focused practice round today," head coach Brian Ashley said. "Coming off a disappointing fourth-place finish last week, we have rebounded for an excellent week of practice getting ready for this event. The upperclassmen did a good job giving the younger players good advice on how to play this course. It is a difficult set up and the greens are firm and fast so it will be a challenge for us. They have worked hard and are looking for a strong tournament."
Coastal is led by freshman Aruka Felgueroso (Madrid, Spain/Blume), who opened her collegiate career with a victory at the Unlimited Potential/Myrtle Beach Classic, Sept. 25-26. She fired a school-record seven-under 212 to win the title and earn Big South Conference Golfer of the Week honors. Sophomore Ann Maness (Galivants Ferry, S.C./Aynor) is the defending Big South medalist and led Coastal in scoring last season, averaging 76.7 shots per round.
Past winners of the Lady Paladin Invitational, which began in 1972 as the Carolinas Collegiate, include Betsy King, Nancy Lopez, Dottie Pepper, Donna Andrews, Angela Stanford, and Meredith Duncan.
The rounds will start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday.