The University of Louisville women’s golf team begins its 19th season in school history this week, opening fall play on Monday at the Minnesota Invitational in Woodbury, Minn.
“We are eager to get the season started in Minnesota this week against a great field,” head coach Courtney Trimble said. “We have had two weeks of good practice and qualifying, so we are looking forward to seeing how our game stacks up early to some of the top teams in the country. We learned a lot from last year and are ready to build on our experiences and compete with the best.”
The two-day tournament is being played on the par-72, 6,248-yard course at the Prestwick Golf Club. The Cardinals will be joined by five teams that finished last year ranked in Golfstat’s top 50: No. 4 Southern California, No. 9 Georgia, No. 22 Purdue, No. 32 BYU, and No. 43 Michigan State. Southern California, Purdue, and Michigan State each competed in the 2017 NCAA Championships.
Competition is slated to begin at 8:45 a.m. ET, and Louisville is paired with Purdue and East Carolina.
The Cardinals, who capped the 2016-17 campaign with their fourth-consecutive NCAA Regional Championship, feature a wealth of returnees in the lineup that features Molly Skapik, Olivia Cason, Jacqueline Twitty, Lauren Hartlage, and Meghan Nay, who is playing as an individual. One of the top recruits in Kentucky, Kristin Engle joined the team in the fall after transferring from Tennessee.
Hartlage headlines the group after putting together arguably the best freshman season in program history. The Elizabethtown, Ky., native was named the 2016-17 ACC Freshman of the Year after leading the team with a 73.50 stroke average, logging five top-10 finishes, and tallying 14 rounds even or below par. Cason also had a stellar season last year, with four top-10 showings and a 74.74 average.
Skapik, the lone senior on the team, had a remarkable summer campaign. The Miamisburg, Ohio, native, who has a career average of 75.95, won the Kentucky Women’s Open title in July.
Engle was the top-ranked player in the state of Kentucky and the 10th-ranked player nationally in the 2017 class, according to Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. She logged a 71.6-stroke average as a senior, including a 7-under-par in two 54-hole events in 2016.
Results will be available on Golfstat.com.
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