QU Women's Golf Resumes Competition at Delaware State Invitational This Weekend

Delaware State Invitational - Dover, Delaware
Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Sunday, April 6, 2014
Maple Dale Country Club - 10:00 AM

The Quinnipiac University women's golf team resumes competition this week, when the Bobcats travel to the Maple Dale Country Club in Dover for the Delaware State Invitational. This will be the first of three remaining tournaments before Quinnipiac competes in it's first-ever MAAC Championship.

Maple Dale was established in 1925 as a three-hole course and expanded to nine holes in the mid-30's. After relocating in 1969, it was enlarged to 18 holes and now offers a mature course set amidst a wooded terrain, dotted with various ponds. A nineteenth hole was added in 2012. This USGA championship rated 18 – hole course is as challenging and fun, as it is beautiful, having only one recorded score below par in a 36-hole tournament. Players will test their course management skills.

Jennifer Forlenza and Jenn Whaley each carded an 85 to lead the Quinnipiac University women's golf team on Monday's second and final round of the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate. Led by Forlenza and Whaley, Quinnipiac cut three strokes off its first round score by shooting a 349. Their two-day total of 701 placed the Bobcats in 12th place out of 14 teams.

Pos.  Team/Player (seed) Rd 1  Rd 2  Total
12  Quinnipiac  352  349  701
T58  Emily Ribbins (3)  85  88  173
T65  Jenn Whaley (2)  91  85  176
T67  Jennifer Forlenza (5)  95  85  180
T72  Alexa Gentile (4)  97  91  188
78  Nicole Scola (1)  81  81


Forlenza is in her fourth year as a member of Quinnipiac's women's golf team, and the only student-athlete on this season's roster to play on the first team in 2010-11. In six tournaments this fall, Forlenza averaged an 88.23 per 18-hole round. Her top finish came on the first day of the Dartmouth Invitational on Sept. 14 when she carded a career-best 81 before finishing the 36-hole tournament with a personal best 170 for the weekend. It was also the fourth lowest scored this fall among all Quinnipiac golfers. She carded an 85 in the second round of the Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate.

Whaley is currently in her second season at Quinnipiac and was honored with co-captain honors after a promising freshman campaign that saw her post an 84.26 average in 12 tournaments in 2012-13. Last season, she set the program single-season record with 20 birdies, and currently sits on 12 this year, for 32 for her career. She also had the program's first eagle, and owns three of the top-10 18-hole rounds in program history. She also owns two of the top five 36-hole tournament scores as well as two of the top five 54-hole tournament scores. This season, Whaley's best round came at the Dartmouth Invitational when she shot a 74 on the first day, following by a 76 on the second day to finish 11th out of 63 with a 150. She also finished 16th out of 65 at the St. John's Invitational with a two-day 162 (80-82). Her first spring tournament featured a 91 and an 85.

Freshman Nicole Scola has had an incredible start to her career. The first-year Bobcat earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Golfer of the Month honors in September and October. Scola led Quinnipiac with a team-best 76.92 average in 13 rounds of competition. Scola also leads the team with 17 birdies, ranking in the top 25 percent of 4,391 NCAA Division I golfers. Seven of her 13 career 18-hole rounds rank in the Top 10 in Quinnipiac history, while she also tallied the top two 36-hole totals all-time at Quinnipiac, and four of the top five 36-hole totals all-time. She also holds the Quinnipiac record for a 54-hole tournament, with a +16, 229 at the Yale Women's Fall Intercollegiate. Scola posted an 81 on the first day, but was forced to sit out on day two.

Emily Ribbins posted scores of 85 and 88 for a total of 173 at the Mimosa Hills Invitational. Twice, Ribbins has shot in the 160's, snatching a season-best 163 at the strength of an 80 and an 83 at the St. John's Invitational. The 80 serves as her low round of her career.

 In its fourth year of existence as a NCAA Division I varsity sport, head coach John O'Connor's Bobcats will be led by co-captains Jennifer Forlenza and Jenn Whaley.

Next weekend, Quinnipiac plays in the Brown Invitational before playing in its final regular-season tournament on April 18 at the Columbia Invitational. The Bobcats will then travel to Florida to compete in the MAAC Championship at Palms Disney Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista on April 25-27.