Sep 7, 2013
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor women's golf team opens its 2013-14 season Sunday in Charleston, S.C. at the 11th annual Cougar Classic, hosted by College of Charleston.
The Cougar Classic is held at the par-72, 6,204-yard course at Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C. The 20-team field includes Auburn, Baylor, Charleston Southern, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, College of Charleston, Florida, Furman, LSU, Maryland, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina State, North Carolina Greensboro, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.
"As college coaches we wait all summer to get back and start going to tournaments again," head coach Jay Goble said. "The team is doing great so far. We've had really good practices for the past two weeks and the girls seem super excited to get on the road and start the new season."
No. 19 Baylor will be competing in the Cougar Classic for the first time in program history. The Lady Bears' season-opening lineup will feature juniors Hayley Davis and Emma Carberry, sophomores Laura Lonardi and Natalia Perez, and freshman Hadas Libman.
"Hayley is coming off probably her best summer of amateur golf," Goble said. "She's poised to have a really good year. Natalia came back to Waco and did summer school this summer and has worked super hard on her game. This is something she has really wanted - to get an opportunity to be in the lineup often, and with her hard work I think she is going to be in the lineup a lot this year."
Fifteen of the 20 teams in the Cougar Classic field participated in 2013 NCAA Regionals. Tee times for Sunday and Monday begin at 7 a.m. CT, and Tuesday's final round will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Live scoring for all three rounds can be found at www.Golfstat.com.
"We took a different approach to goals this year than we did last year," Goble said. "We've set a lot of process goals and our biggest one is that we're going to learn from every tournament round and every practice that we have all year long. We're going to learn from the good things that we do that work and make some of our weaknesses better."
Follow the official twitter feed of Baylor women's golf, @BaylorWGolf, for updates throughout the season.