Women's Golf Opens Spring Season in Florida

Feb. 17, 2007

WACO, Texas - The Baylor women's golf team heads to Florida to compete in the Central District Invitational hosted by Michigan State Feb. 19-20. The 6,099-yard par-72 River Wilderness Country Club will host Arkansas, Baylor, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Southern Methodist, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Tulsa.

The Bears will be competing in the event for the seventh straight year. The Bears' best finish came last year when they claimed the team title (302-298-296=896).

"The Bears are eager to get into tournament play! We have been practicing in the wind and cold and anything about 60 degrees will feel great." Head coach Sylvia Ferdon said. "The field is strong, so I hope we can take advantage of the fact that we have been outside playing. I would love to defend out title!"

The Bears had a successful fall finishing second at both the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic and the Price's "Give-em Five." Baylor opens the spring ranked 50th nationally in the latest Golfstat rankings and are 49th according to the Golfweek ratings.

Ferdon has slotted seniors Allison Martin and Anna Rehnholm, junior Sian Reddick and freshmen Hannah Burke and Natalie Hocott as her starting lineup for the opener.

Martin leads the team with a 73.86 stroke average and is ranked 3rd in the Big 12 and 62nd nationally while Burke is second at 75.00 and enters the spring ranked 6th in the Big 12 and 157th nationally.

Rehnholm is third for the Bears with a 75.86 stroke average followed by Hocott at 78.89. Reddick is back on the Bears' lineup after competing in only one fall tournament due to previous season's injuries.

The Bears will return to action at the Rio Verde Collegiate Invitational March 9-11 at the Rio Verde Country Club in Rio Verde, Ariz. Live stats will be available at www.golfstat.com.



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