Women's golf preparing for Sun Belt Championship
Blue Raiders looking to follow up impressive 2010 showingApril 17, 2011 · Athletic Communications
"I think that with the success of last year, the girls know what it's going to take to win down there," head coach Chris Adams said. "We're really excited about competing this year because for the first time in several years, the field seems to be pretty wide open with a number of top 100 and top 50 teams. We know that we have a chance and we like this course, but we have to put up three really good rounds."
The Blue Raiders will find themselves in familiar surroundings on Monday, having played the Schoolmaster Course in last season's event and last fall in a practice round.
"We know this golf course pretty well," Adams said. "Four of the girls played it last year, and I feel like we have a pretty good feel for it, but we know that we will have our work cut out for us."
Both lead the team in stroke average this spring, and Akin is coming off a fourth-place showing in last year's event to earn a spot on the All-Sun Belt Team. Love was also successful last season, finishing in a tie for eighth.
"Olivia and Karisa are the top two for us," Adams said. "They're neck-and-neck in scoring average, and I think they've separated themselves this spring. They've proven that they are the most consistent and competitive in nearly every tournament."
Coming off a playoff victory at the Belmont Invitational earlier this month, Stephanie Smith will be making her first career trip to the Sun Belt Championship.
"Stephanie really played herself in with her spring," Adams said. "She's had three rounds this season that counted as the team low for the day, and I like her confidence coming in after winning the playoff a few weeks ago."
Follow the Blue Raiders on Twitter @MTAthletics for continued updates.
More Women's Golf NewsApr 25, 2013: Love earns All-Sun Belt Team honors
Apr 17, 2013: Blue Raiders finish second at Sun Belt Championship
Apr 16, 2013: Blue Raiders remain in second after day two at Sun Belt Championship
Apr 15, 2013: Blue Raiders in second after day one at Sun Belt Championship
Apr 14, 2013: Women's golf readies for Sun Belt Championship this week
Apr 7, 2013: Blue Raiders finish eighth at UNCW Seahawk Classic