No. 18 Women's Golf Opens Spring Season In Puerto Rico
Feb. 9, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. – The 18th-ranked NC State women’s golf team opens the 2013 spring season Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club’s River Course in Rio Grande, P.R.
In addition to the Wolfpack, the 15-team field features six other teams ranked in Golf World/WGCA’s Top 25, including No. 6 Alabama, No. 15 Purdue, No. 14 Arkansas, No. 20 Texas Tech, No. 24 Northwestern and No. 25 Iowa State.
Competing for the Wolfpack in Puerto Rico will be senior Amanda Baker, juniors Brittany Marchand and Ana Menendez and sophomores Augusta James and Vivian Tsui. Sophomore Lindsay McGetrick will also participate in the tournament as an individual competitor.
The Pack finished seventh in its three fall competitions. In the fall opener at the Cougar Classic, James was State’s top golfer, finishing 14th with an even-par 216. At the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational, Baker was the Pack’s top competitor, finishing ninth at 3-over par, 219. In NC State’s final fall event, the Landfall Tradition, which was shortened to one round due to inclement weather, James and Baker tied for 15th with 1-over par 73s.
Head coach Page Marsh said having a deep and talented squad is key to getting the ready for the spring opener.
“You use your intrasquad competitions here in Raleigh to try to create a tournament-type atmosphere,” said Marsh, “in preparation for play.”
Marsh’s squad was able to get in six practice rounds leading up to the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
Entering the spring, Marsh and her squad have worked together to help shape the season’s goals, which she appreciates as a coach because it shows her their competitive hunger.
“They believe their best golf is ahead of us and we want to peak at the right time,” Marsh said.
The Wolfpack’s schedule has been set up to challenge the team by facing the best competition on a variety of courses in varying climates. The end goal for NC State is qualifying for its second consecutive NCAA Championship. Those goals begin with this weekend’s competition in Puerto Rico.
“We have some lofty goals as team,” said James. “While it was great that we made the top eight at (NCAA) regionals, we’re shooting for a top five [finish] at this year’s regionals. There are other goals that we set for ourselves that will help us get ready for the postseason.
“In the first tournament of the year, you want to get going as quickly as possible,” said James. “Last year, we didn’t get the start as team that we’d hoped for. So this year, we’ve realized as individuals we have to put more effort in [the preseason] to prepare for this first tournament.”