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Navy Women's Golf Begins Division I Play This Weekend

Team Captain Catherine Reed leads Navy into its first Division I tournament on Sunday.

Team Captain Catherine Reed leads Navy into its first Division I tournament on Sunday.

March 15, 2013

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The fledgling Navy women's golf team, competing in its first Division I season after being elevated from a club program to varsity status in October, will swing into action this weekend at the 54-hole C&F Bank Intercollegiate Women's Golf Tournament, hosted by William & Mary at the challenging River Course at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Navy will start Sunday on the 10th tee at 12:30 PM and will begin Monday's action at 7:45 AM on the first tee. Tuesday's tee times will be announced on Monday.

This is the same course that hosts the LPGA Kingsmill Championship each year, and was the host of the Michelob ULTRA Open (LPGA) and the Michelob Open (PGA) for a number of decades. This year's tournament will include 28 teams and will play Par-71 at just over 6,000 yards.

"We are obviously very excited to get going and see what we can do at a fantastic venue," said Navy head coach Nadia Ste-Marie. "This is a big tournament with a lot of quality teams, so it will be nice to go there and get acclimated to playing in events like this. We have a couple good days coming weather-wise, so it willl be a good experience for the ladies to go compete in their first tournament."

Ste-Marie will bring five competitors to the Kingsmill Resort, led by seniors Catherine Reed (Tipp City, Ohio) and Natalie Crow (San Jose, Calif.). Junior Grace Dalton (Malvern, Pa.) and freshmen Renata Bucher (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Melia-Mae Lagat (Bremerton, Wash.) will also compete this weekend.

Reed, the team captain, is the most-accomplished golfer on the squad having led Tippecanoe High School in Ohio to the 2008 state championship, while being named an Ohio second-team all-state honoree. Bucher was the 2011 Tri-Peaks Regional Golfer of the Year at St. Mary's High School in Colorado, while Crow competed in the California Coastal Sectionals as a junior on the boys' team at Abraham Lincoln High School.

Navy will host its first home meet in school history next Saturday, when it takes on Mount St. Mary's in a dual at the Naval Academy Golf Course.

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