Navy to Compete in Patriot League Women's Golf Championship
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy women's golf team will compete at the six-team 2017 Patriot League Women's Golf Championship this Saturday to Sunday at Lehigh's Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Play will begin at 8:30 AM each day and live results will be available.
The 54-hole tournament will be played at the par-72, 6,012-yard Grace Course at Saucon Valley with 36 holes on Saturday and 18 on Sunday. Monday will be used as a potential rain date.
The top five individual finishers will be named to the All-Patriot League First Team. Players finishing sixth through 10th will be named to the all-league second team. The top freshman finisher will be named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and the individual medalist will be named the conference player of the year.
Navy junior Christine Walker earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors in 2015 when she tied for 10th place at the league championship as a freshman.
The 2017 Patriot League Champion will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Women's Golf Regional Championship. The NCAA Regionals will be contested from May 8-10 at four locations (Athens, Ga., Columbus, Ohio, Lubbock, Texas and Albuquerque, New Mexico). The NCAA Championship will be played in Sugar Grove, Ill. from May 19-24.
The Patriot League Championship format features six-player lineups with the top four scores of each round counting for the team score.
Walker, Moon and Augenstein will each be making their third appearance in the Patriot League Championship. Nelson will be making her second straight appearance at the league meet, while Frazier and Vincent will be making their debuts.
The Patriot League has seen four different team champions in each of the first four years of the conference meet. Lehigh won in 2013, Bucknell won in 2014, Boston U. won in 2015 and Richmond won in 2016.
Navy placed third in 2013 and 2015, fourth in 2014 and was fifth last year in 2016.
Under fifth-year head coach Nadia Ste-Marie, Navy has lowered its team scoring average in each successive season of the program's existence. Navy is averaging 322.4 this season.
This season, Walker's scoring average of 79.7 and Frazier's average of 80.2 are currently the two lowest season averages in Navy program history.
Moon is third on the team this season in scoring average at 81.4 and Augenstein is fourth at 82.5.
The team's last competition was the Navy Spring Invitational from April 8-9. Navy placed sixth out of 12 teams with a 659 (331-328). Walker placed fourth individually with a 157 (81-76), her third top-10 finish of the season.