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).
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BIRD IS THE WORD
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.