TCU Heads To Darius Rucker Intercollegiate

March 1, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU women's golf team begins play Friday at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate in Hilton Head, S.C.

The inaugural tournament will be held on the par 71, 6,160-yard Long Cove course designed by Pete Dye. Long Cove has been on Golf Digest's Top 100 list for 30 years. Friday's opening round begins for TCU at 9 a.m. CST. Live scoring will be available on www.Golfstat.com.

In its last event, TCU rallied from a final round two-stroke deficit to win the Central District Invitational in Parrish, Fla. The Horned Frogs' final-round 296 was highlighted by a 72 from Brooke Beeler and April McCoy's 73. TCU outlasted No. 25 Oklahoma by one stroke and three top-10 teams for the championship.

The title at the Central District Invitational, vaulting the Horned Frogs 10 spots to No. 34 in the most recent Golfstat rankings, was the 14th tournament championship in 18 years under head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin.

Twelve of the 15 teams in the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate are ranked in the top 50, including four in the top 10 (No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Vanderbilt, No. 9 Georgia and No. 10 North Carolina).

The tournament, hosted by South Carolina, is named after country music star Darius Rucker, who shot to fame as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish. Rucker, a South Carolina graduate, will perform a concert for the participating teams.

Beeler, fellow senior Rachel Raastad, sophomore Sanna Nuutinen and freshmen McCoy and Alexandra Bonetti will comprise TCU's lineup. It's the same five who led the Horned Frogs to the Central District Invitational championship.

Beeler ranks fourth in Mountain West play with a team-best 74.78 stroke average, while Nuutinen is tied for fifth at 74.83. McCoy (75.60), Bonetti (76.11) and Rastaad (76.94) are in ninth, 16th and 22nd place, respectively.

Nuutinen tops TCU with four top-20 finishes in six tournaments this season.