Navy will be one of 42 teams competing at the three-day event.
McDonnell is Navy’s top finisher for the third straight tournament.
Navy has posted back-to-back second-place team finishes.
Navy places second in the seven-team field.
Christine McDonnell places second individually.
Navy continued to improve in its fifth season as a varsity program in 2016-17, lowering its team scoring average for the fourth straight season to a 322.2. Under Ste-Marie’s direction, Navy has lowered its team scoring average in each successive season of the program’s existence.
Christine Walker broke her own single-season scoring record for the second straight season in 2016-17 with an 80.1 and newcomer Morgan Frazier was right behind Walker with an 80.3 average. Frazier became just the second Mid to earn medalist honors at a tournament, winning the 10-team, 59-player Seahawk Spring Invitational with a 150 (73-77; +6).
Navy’s top team finishes were a second-place showing at the Sacred Heart Invitational and a third-place showing at the Seahawk Spring Invitational. Navy also defeated The Citadel in a match play dual, 5-1. Navy and The Citadel are the only two service academies that sponsor women’s golf.
The Mids set new program records for lowest single team round (297) and lowest 36-hole tournament score (622).
In 2015-16, Navy lowered its team scoring average for a third straight season to a 325.8. The Mids established a new low team score for a par-72, 54-hole tournament with a 958 and also shot a new low team round score of 310 (+30).
Two-time team captain Renata Bucher was named to the Patriot League All-Academic Team for the third straight year and Christine Walker set a new Navy record by leading the team with an 80.4 scoring average.
With the arrival of the program's first fully recruited class in 2014-15, Ste-Marie immediately took the Navy women's golf team to new heights. Ste-Marie was named the 2015 Patriot League Women's Golf Coach of the Year, the team dropped its scoring average by 30 strokes from the previous season and four Navy freshmen placed in the top-15 at the league championship tournament.
Navy's Class of 2018 provided an immediate boost and Ste-Marie's coaching ability was on full display during the 2014-15 season. The Mids lowered their scoring average by an incredible margin, going from 357 in 2013-14 to 327 in 2014-15.
Ste-Marie led Navy to a third-place finish at the 2015 Patriot League Women's Golf Championship, which the team successfully hosted at the Naval Academy Golf Club. Navy's 54-hole total of 978 at the league championship was 50 strokes better than the previous season. With four of Navy's plebes placing in the top-15 and Navy taking third place, the league's head coaches selected Ste-Marie as the 2015 Patriot League Women's Golf Coach of the Year.
In 2014-15, Navy dramatically lowered its program-best scores for both a single round (315) and for a 54-hole tournament (961). Additionally, Christine Walker became the second Midshipman to earn All-Patriot League Second Team honors in 2015 after tying for 10th at the league championship.
In 2013-14, while still awaiting the arrival of her first fully recruited class, Ste-Marie's coaching ability was fully evident as Navy lowered its team average and then-sophomore Renata Bucher became the first Navy women's golfer to earn All-Patriot League honors.
Under Ste-Marie's direction, Navy lowered its team average by seven strokes from last season while also shaving 26 strokes off its total score at the 2014 Patriot League Championship from the previous season's league meet.
Bucher tied for seventh place at the Patriot League Championship to earn All-Patriot League Second Team honors. Bucher also became the first Navy women's golfer to be the medalist of a tournament when she won the Navy Spring Classic. Bucher had four top-10 finishes in her final five events of the season and led the team with a stroke average of 81.5.
During the introductory 2012-13 season, Ste-Marie led the Midshipmen to a third-place finish at the inaugural Patriot League Championships, despite having the services of no recruited athletes. Bucher, a freshman, led the team in stroke average and was named to the WGCA Scholar All-America Team.
Ste-Marie was tabbed as the first head coach in program history on November 5, 2012, when Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced on that women's golf would be elevated to a varsity sport.
Due of the timing of the announcement, Navy missed out on the fall season of its inaugural 2012-13 season and the arrival of Ste-Marie's first fully recruited class was delayed until the 2014-15 season. Despite the challenges, Ste-Marie was successful in laying down a foundation for a program that would soon compete at the top of the Patriot League.
Ste-Marie had an outstanding collegiate career at both Hawai'i and Florida State before graduating in 1990 with a degree in sociology from Florida State. As a Seminole, Ste-Marie won four individual tournaments and had 13 top-10 finishes during her career.
In the summer before her senior year at Florida State, she played in the 1988 U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Women's Amateur, then capped off her career in Tallahassee by being named a first-team All-American and qualified as an individual competitor in the 1989 NCAA Golf Championship.
During her time at Hawai'i, she competed in the 1985 and 1987 U.S. Women's Amateur Tournaments and won a pair of amateur tournaments in Hawai'i in 1985. After graduating from Florida State, Ste-Marie turned pro on the LPGA tour in 1990 and went on to play in the 1991 and 1992 Women's British Open Championships and the 1996, 1997 and 1998 U.S. Women's Open.
She was the qualifying medalist for the 1997 U.S. Women's Open, and recorded 19 top-10 professional finishes including titles at the du Maurier Ltd. Series in London in 1993 and at the 2006 LPGA TC&P North East Sectional Championship.
Ste-Marie held seven different professional tour membership cards, competing professionally for 10 years on the LPGA Tour, European Tour, Asian Tour, Canadian PGA and the FUTURES Tour, among others.
Ste-Marie is currently an assistant golf professional at the United States Naval Academy Golf Club, a position she has held since 1999. She has also served as the Director of Golf at the Sherwood Forest Boys and Girls Summer Camp and has been an LPGA Teaching & Club Professional since 2000.
She was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ste-Marie and her husband, Bill McKeon, are the parents of two sons, Kyle (17) and Noah, (14) and a daughter, Taylor (9). The family resides in Annapolis.
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