April 5, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy women's golf team looks for continued improvement this weekend as it competes in the 54-hole UNC Wilmington Seahawk Classic at River Landing Golf Club in Wallace, N.C. The Midshipmen will be among 14 teams competing as action gets underway on Saturday and wraps up on Sunday.
The tournament will be a grueling one, as competitors will play 36 holes on Saturday, beginning with an 8:45 am shotgun start. Sunday's 18-hole final round will begin at 8:45 am, also with a shotgun start. The tournament will be contested on a 6,106-yard, par-72 layout with Bucknell, Delaware, Elon, Georgia State, Longwood, Middle Tennessee State, Morehead State, Navy, Old Dominion, Princeton, Richmond, South Alabama, UNC Greensboro and UNC Wilmington all competing for the team title. Teams are allowed to play five players and use the top four scores.
Leading the way for the Midshipmen is freshman Renata Bucher (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with an 85.3 stroke average in four rounds. She earned medalist honors in the dual meet against Mount St. Mary's on March 23 and has had all four rounds in the 80s. Catherine Reed (Sr. / Tipp City, Ohio) is second on the team with an 87.3 stroke average, also having all four rounds in the 80s.
Grace Dalton (Jr. / Malvern, Pa.) and Natalie Crow (Sr. / San Jose, Calif.) average 91.0 and 94.8 strokes per round, respectively.
As a team, Navy is averaging a 358.2, with scores ranging from a season-best 351 in the first round of the C&F Bank Intercollegiate on March 19 to a 365 in a dual against Towson on March 30. For the first time this year, the Midshipmen should have outstanding weather as the forecast calls for sunny and 63 degrees on Saturday and sunny and 71 degrees on Sunday.
The Midshipmen will return home next weekend for a triangular against St. Francis Brooklyn and Delaware State at the Naval Academy Golf Course.
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