The Quinnipiac University women's golf team will travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla. to compete in the 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women's Golf Championship on Apr. 21-24 at Disney's Palm Golf Course.
ESPN's Wide World of Sports production center will also produce highlights from each day of action. The highlights can be viewed on MAAC.TV and will also run on Disney's in-room channel at the various resorts on Disney property. MAAC.TV will also show interviews with each of the head coaches from the league. In addition, live scoring will be available via Golfstat.com for all three days of the championships with the results updated every third hole.
The championship will be highlighted on the final day of the championships with the ninth and 18th holes' action being broadcast live on ESPN3 starting at 10:00 a.m.
Quinnipiac will compete against Albany, Fairfield, Hartford, Monmouth, Niagara and Siena at the 2014 MAAC Championship.
The 2013 MAAC Championship
The top two teams from the 2013 Championship – Butler and Boston University – no longer compete in the MAAC. Siena finished third, followed by Hartford, Fairfield, Niagara and Albany. Siena has won 13 of the 14 MAAC Women's Golf Championships All-Time.
According to Golfstat.com's MAAC ratings, Siena leads the conference with a 220 rating with an average score of 323.89 in 19 rounds over nine tournaments. Albany (No. 223; 332.94) and Hartford (No. 242; 335.38) sit in front of Quinnipiac (243; 335.57), followed by Fairfield (No. 246; 337.94), Monmouth (No. 249; 342.67) and Niagara (No. 253; 346.47).
Disney's Palm Golf Course
Disney's Palm Golf Course's 18-hole championship course features shimmering lakes, tropical sands, palm trees and sloping greens. Operated by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, Disney's Palm Golf Course is rated 4 stars by Golf Digest and includes 9 water hazards and 94 bunkers—providing plenty of challenges for novices and seasoned pros alike. The women, hitting from the gold tees on the 6,006-yard course, begin play at 7:40 a.m. on the 1st hole.
Quinnipiac and Conference Championships
In its fourth year of existence, the Quinnipiac women's golf team previously competed in the 11-team Northeast Conference in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The Bobcats finished 11th in 2011 before jumping two spots to 9th out of 11 at the 2012 NEC Championship, earning head coach John O'Connor the Co-Coach of the Year Award. Last season saw the Bobcats finish 7th in the 11-team field. Former Bobcat Krissy Unger holds the program's all-time best score after 18 (73) and 36 (156) holes at a conference championship while former Bobcat captain Kayla Ketcheson holds the record for a 54-hole championship total (242).
BY THE NUMBERS
- Nicole Scola currently leads Quinnipiac with a 78.44 per round average through nine tournaments and 18 rounds. Scola's 77 on the first day of the Brown Bear Invitational was her best round of the spring. Scola's 78.44 is also the all-time best in program history.
- Jenn Whaley ranks second behind Scola with an 82.81 average per round. Whaley has shot below that mark in five of her last six 18-hole rounds.
- Emily Ribbins is averaging 84.59 per round. At the Brown Bear Invitational, the first-year Bobcat shot a career-best 78 for the 13th best round in program history.
- Taylor Lambrou's best round of the spring came on the first day of the Brown Bear Invitational, carding an 85. Lambrou's career-best round was an 83 on the second day of the Tignanelli Towson Invitational in the fall, in which her 170 for the two-day tournament was a personal 36-hole best.
- Alexa Gentile checks in a 90.00 per round. Last weekend at the Roar-EE Invitational, Gentile showed the greatest improved from the first to second rounds, carding an 94 on the first 18 holes before shaving seven strokes to finish with an 87 on the final round.
- Senior captain Jennifer Forlenza is enjoying a career-best year. Forlenza is averaging an 90.05 per round average - an improvement over her career average of 94.92. Forlenza has seen her average drop in each year as a member of the women's golf team. As a freshman, she averaged a 100.60 before improving to a 97.04 as a sophomore. Last year, she shot a 93.63 per round.
- Forlenza currently leads the team in Fairways Hit with a .724 percentage - good for a national ranking of 258 out of 550 qualifying NCAA Division I golfers.
BIRD IS THE WORD
- Whaley passed Scola for the team lead in Birdies, as she currently sits in first place for the year with 18 ahead of Scola and Ribbins with 17, each.
- Whaley holds the program's single-season (20) and career (38) birdies recorded.
- Ribbins' 19.3% Birdie Conversion rate ranks 178th out of 550 NCAA Division I golfers.
- The program's total single-season birdies record is 76 set in 2012-13; Quinnipiac currently has 65 with the MAAC Golf Championship still to be played.
Their Last Time Out
Whaley finished the final round of the 36-hole Roar-EE Invitational tied for 10th place out of 23 golfers. The Bobcats finished 5th out of five teams at Columbia University's annual tournament, hosted this year at the Knickerbocker Golf Course in Tenafly, N.J.
Spring Season Review
The Bobcats At The Brown Invitational
The Quinnipiac University women's golf team finished in seventh place out of 13 teams at the 2014 Brown Bear Invitational at Metacomet Golf Course in Providence, R.I. Quinnipiac freshman Scola was the Bobcats' top finisher, completing the two-day event tied for 13th place at 163 (77-86).
The Bobcats At The DSU Invitational
Whaley posted a two-day total of 162 to lead the Quinnipiac University women's golf team to a third place finish at the Delaware State Spring Invitational, hosted by the Maple Dale Country Club in Dover. Whaley, who carded an 81 yesterday, matched her effort with another 81 on Sunday to tie Towson's Krissy Unger for second place in the tournament. The 162 was her best combined score since going 80-82 at the St. John's Invitational back in October. Quinnipiac's top four finishers all improved upon their first-round scores on day two. Scola headlined the group by shaving eight strokes off yesterday's figure. She carded an 80 to polish off a 168 in the 36-hole tournament.
The Bobcats At The Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate
Forlenza and 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. Forlenza's 85 was just four strokes away from tying her career-best, which she set at the 2013 Dartmouth Invitational by firing an 81.