Women's Golf Heads To Southern Conference Championship This Weekend
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The UNCG women's golf team heads to the Palmetto State this weekend for the 2013 Southern Conference Women's Golf Championships in Hilton Head, S.C., at the Moss Creek Golf Club. The 54-hole, three-day event will consist of 18 holes each day Sunday through Tuesday with live scoring available via www.golfstat.com. The Moss Creek Golf Club will play at a par 72 at 5,995-yards and marks the fifth straight year the event has been held on the North Course.
Sophomore Fanny Cnops (Gent, Belgium/K.A. Voskenslaan) enters the tournament as the top ranked golfer in the SoCon, carrying a No. 70 ranking in the latest Golfweek rankings along with her league-best 73.09 stroke average. Cnops has posted seven top-20 finishes this year and has placed in the top 25 in all nine events of the 2012-13 season. She is coming off her first tournament victory of the season and the third of her young career, winning the Lady Seahawk Classic at UNCW last weekend.
Cnops, the reigning SoCon Player and Freshman of the Year, finished second overall at the 2012 SoCon Championships last year on the same Moss Creek course. Cnops posted a 225 last season (75-78-72) to finish three shots off the lead held by Chattanooga's Jordan Britt at 222.
Senior Courtney Taylor (Gastonia, N.C./Ashbrook) enters the event second on the Spartans and 19th in the SoCon with a 77.23 stroke average. Taylor has recorded three top-25 finishes this season, including her career-best fourth place finish last weekend at the Seahawk Classic. She posted a 223 on the weekend with scores of 74-75-74.
Freshman Sammie Buchanan (Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton) ranks 35th in the SoCon this season and third on the team with a 78.52 stroke average through 23 rounds. Buchanan also turned in her top finish of the season last weekend with a 31st place showing with a 236.
Sophomore Berglind Bjornsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland/Menntaskolinn I Reykjavik) and freshman Lily Crane (Jamestown, N.C./Ragsdale) round out the Spartan lineup this weekend on Hilton Head Island.
UNCG finished last season second in the championships in the team standings with a 924 (306-310-308) to finish behind Chattanooga (921). The Spartans have finished in the top three of the SoCon Championships in 11 out of 15 years as a member of the conference in women's golf. Chattanooga has won three straight team titles while Furman has claimed 13 of 19 SoCon Championships since 1994.
The winner of the SoCon Championship will received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The tournament includes UNCG, Appalachia State, Chattanooga, The Citadel, the College of Charleston, Elon, Furman, Samford, Western Carolina and Wofford.
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