TCU Looks To Defend Mountain West Championship

April 18, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The 35th-ranked TCU women's golf team will look to defend its league title when it begins play Friday at the Mountain West Championship in Litchfield Park, Ariz.

With their move to the Big 12 this summer, the Horned Frogs will be playing in their final MW Championship. This year's event will be held at the par 72, 6,208-yard Wigwam Resort Gold Course. TCU's opening-round tee times begin at 10:40 a.m. CDT. Live scoring is available at www.Golfstat.com.

TCU rallied from a three-stroke deficit in the final round last year to win its second MW title in the past five seasons. The Horned Frogs' 4-under-par 284 was their fourth-lowest round in program history. TCU was at 1-over 865 for the tournament, its second-best score all time.

TCU is seeking its fifth conference championship in the 18-year tenure of head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin.

The Horned Frogs will be in action for the first time since April 1, when it closed play with a fourth-place finish at the PING/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. The tourney featured nine teams ranked in the top 25, including five in the top 10. The Horned Frogs finished ahead of No. 3 USC, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 8 LSU, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 19 Arizona, No. 23 Washington, No. 26 UC Davis and No. 31 Texas.

Rachel Raastad carded a final-round 68, while Brooke Beeler recorded an eagle as the Horned Frogs climbed from ninth into a fourth-place result.

Raastad tied for third individually, her best finish in a tournament since placing second at the 2010 MW Championship. Her two-lowest rounds of the season occurred in the PING/ASU Invitational's final two days. She had a second-round 71.

TCU's lineup at the MW Championship will include seniors Beeler and Raastad, sophomore Sanna Nuutinen and freshmen Alexandra Bonetti and April McCoy.

Beeler and Raastad will be playing in their fourth MW Championship. Raastad was the individual runner-up as a sophomore, while Beeler tied for fourth as a freshman in 2009. Raastad keyed last year's final-round surge with a 69, including birdies on four of her final 10 holes.

Beeler, ranked 71st nationally, is third in the MW in stroke average with a 74.7 mark. Nuutinen is fifth with a 75.3 mark. With McCoy (76.2) and Raastad (76.4) 11th and 12th, respectively, TCU is the lone school to place four golfers in the MW's top 12.

Beeler, Nuutinen and Raastad have all posted top-five finishes this season, while McCoy has a pair of top-15 results.