Women's Golf to Host the SDSU Farms Invitational
March 29, 2013
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State women's golf team plays host to its only home tournament of the season when it welcomes 15 schools to the inaugural SDSU Farms Invitational, March 31-April 2, at The Farms Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. The three-day, 54-hole event gets underway Sunday with tee times on holes 1 and 10, starting as early as 8 a.m. PT on the par-72, 6,211-yard course layout.
The highly competitive field features eight squads ranked among the top 50 in the latest Golfstat index, including No. 1 Southern California, No. 8 Arizona, No. 22 Texas A&M, No. 25 Texas, No. 29 Northwestern, No. 31 Pepperdine, No. 37 California and No. 45 UNLV, with No. 54 Miami (Fla.) just outside the group. The Aztecs will also be joined by Long Beach State, Michigan, New Mexico, South Florida and Wyoming.
SDSU will be paired with UNLV and USC for the first round Sunday beginning at 8:45 a.m. PT on hole 1. A link to live results will be available courtesy of Golfstat on goaztecs.com.
Second-year Aztec head coach Leslie Spalding will play her entire roster at this week's event, with senior Christine Wong (Richmond, B.C.), sophomores Amy Alston (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Kristina Lynn (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Paige Spiranac (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and freshman Emma Henrikson (Malmö, Sweden) comprising the starting lineup. In addition, juniors Maureen Dunnagan (Lexington, S.C.) and Rebecca Schneider (Cave Creek, Ariz.) are slated to compete as individuals in the 83-golfer field.
Henrikson leads SDSU with a 75.28 stroke average overall this season, which ranks fourth in the Mountain West, while Spiranac (11th - (76.18)) and Wong (15th - (76.61)) find themselves among the conference top 20 as well.
The Farms Invitational marks the third straight year in which the Aztecs have played host to a spring tournament. SDSU conducted the Battle at Rancho Bernardo Inn the past two seasons, with Purdue (2011) and USC (2012) capturing team titles.
Following the SDSU Farms Invitational, the Aztecs will have three weeks to prepare for the Mountain West championships, scheduled for April 25-27 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.