The Murray State women’s golf team begins the 2018-19 season at the Payne Stewart Memorial Monday at Twin Oaks Country Club in Springfield, Missouri.
Racer head coach Velvet Milkman begins her 26th season as the founder of the program and the only coach the Murray State program has ever known. It’s a long time until April 2019, but this season’s squad will be building toward the moment when they try and win their third-straight Ohio Valley Conference championship. Their title in 2018 was the 11th for the Racers, tops in the conference.
“The team is excited about the first tournament of the year,” said Milkman. “This team has has worked extremely hard over the last month and they are ready to put on the navy and gold and compete for Racers. Our scores these last three weekends have been good and the one thing that we will rely on is our depth, we have a deep team and the competition has made everyone better. It will be exciting to see how we play this first time out.”
Junior Raeysha Surendran made it through fall qualifying tops on the team and returns after being one of the reasons the Racers won the OVC title last April when she finished fourth and made the All-Tournament Team. All-OVC performer Linette Holmslykke is a senior and appeared in all 12 events a year ago with a scoring average of 76.2 for the sixth-best conference scoring average. Senior Jane Watts is in the MSU starting lineup after a junior season that saw her compete in six events and rank in the top-20 of the OVC with a 78.2 average. Freshman Sarah McDowell will be playing in her first event in Springfield, as will sophomore Taylor Church. Returning All-OVC performer Lucila Puente-Rodiguez de Austria is in the Missouri State event as an individual for the Racers.
Twin Oaks Country Club is playing to a par-71 and a length of 6,001 yards. The schedule of play calls for 36 holes Monday and 18 holes to the finish on Tuesday.
The Racers go into the 2018-19 season without four-time All-OVC pick and former OVC Player of the Year Moa Folke. The native of Sweden recently advanced past the first stage of LPGA qualifying as she is beginning her professional career.
The rest of the Racers’ fall schedule has them playing in Jacksonville, Alabama (Sept. 23-25) at the Chris Banister Classic and in Clarksville, Tennessee (Oct. 1-2) at the APSU Intercollegiate. MSU takes on the Fred Marx Invitational (Oct. 15-16) in Monroe, Louisiana before traveling to the Cardinal Club in Louisville for the Cardinal Cup Championship (Oct. 20-21).
After the winter layoff, the Racers’ spring campaign takes them to Charleston, South Carolina (Feb. 24-26) for the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate, before they play in Jacksonville, Florida (March 4-5) at the North Florida Collegiate. MSU plays the Citrus Challenge (March 17-19) in Sorento, Florida and the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate (March 31-April 2) in Stonebridge, Georgia. MSU hosts their home event, the Jan Weaver Invitational (April 5-6) at Miller Memorial and then go to the OVC Championship (April 16-17) in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
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