Womens Golf Releases Schedule and Season Overview
MACON, Ga. - Mercer women’s golf head coach Gary Guyer announced the 2010-2011 schedule Tuesday, consisting of Bears four fall and five spring tournaments, culminating at the A-Sun Championship in Orlando.
Two of the tournaments on Mercer’s fall schedule have become staples: the LPGA Invitational in Daytona Beach, hosted by Xavier University, and the Lady Paladin Invitational in Greenville, S.C., hosted by Furman University.
“These are two great tournaments for our fall season and they will let us know how we stack up against some of the better teams in the country,” Guyer said.” I hope we get to play the LPGA golf course again in May since that is most likely where our NCAA Regional will be hosted”, explained Coach Guyer.
The third annual EAT A PEACH Collegiate women's golf tournament is again hosted by Mercer. The tournament is a 36-hole 2-day event and includes a practice round.
The 2010 EAT A PEACH Collegiate is open to any university or college that is located in the State of Georgia. The premise of the 2010 EAT A PEACH Collegiate is to provide a superior golf tournament and provide a venue where all the Georgia collegiate women golf teams and coaches may come together.
Oakview Golf and Country Club offers 18 holes of spectacular golf in the South and serves as host site for the tournament. Designed by Barry Edgar, Oakview Golf and Country Club was established in 1996 and has been one of the top semi-private golf courses in Middle Georgia since its opening. “Mercer National” will play to 5,930 yards and play to a Par 72.
The spring season has another staple tournament in the Kiawah Classic. This has been proclaimed as the “Largest Women’s Collegiate Tournament” and hosts over 40 teams. This will be Mercer’s third year playing in the event. The women’s golf team will also travel to three-day tournaments in Jacksonville, Fla., Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Ocala, Fla.
“Going into my fourth season, this is the best team we have had from top to bottom,” Guyer said. “Each incoming class is bringing better talent onto our team. The upperclassmen continue to work hard and improve so we finally have a dynamic that makes the entire team better.
We have a challenging schedule this year with eight three-day events. I believe we have a chance to finish near the top in some of them. The players need to believe in themselves because I have seen how well they can play. They can win. Several of them can compete with any collegiate player in the country.”
After the conference championships are completed, the NCAA women’s golf committee will select 72 teams to participate in an NCAA Regional at one of three sites: LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. or Washington National Golf Club in Seattle, Wash. The top eight teams from each regional will earn a place at the NCAA Championships that will be held at the Traditions Golf Club in College Station, Texas.