Women's Golf to Open Season at Towson Sunday-Monday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Head coach Nadia Ste-Marie and the Navy women's golf program will begin its sixth season of varsity play this Sunday-Monday at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational at the Eagle's Nest Country Club in Phoenix, Maryland.
The 36-hole tournament will consist of 18 holes on Sunday and 18 holes on Monday. Play will begin at 11:30 AM on Sunday and at 8:00 AM on Monday. The Eagle's Nest Country Club is 6,162 yards and is a par 72.
This is the fourth straight fall that Navy will compete at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational. Navy finished 12th out of 15 teams in 2014, 15th out of 19 teams in 2015, and sixth out of 13 teams in 2016.
This year's nine-team tournament will feature Navy, host Towson, Central Connecticut State, Delaware State, Hartford, Lehigh, Longwood, Monmouth and Saint Francis U. Towson is the reigning tournament champion.
Navy's lineup at the Tignanelli Towson Invite this weekend will consist of seniors Christine Walker, Legare Augenstein and Jane Moon, sophomore Morgan Frazier and freshman Christine McDonnell. Sophomore Abby Schroeder will be competing as an individual.
Walker broke her own single-season Navy scoring average record for the second straight season by averaging an 80.1. Walker had three top-10 and two top-five finishes last season. She led Navy in scoring for the third straight year as a junior in 2016-17.
Walker enters her final season at Navy with a career scoring average of 80.6, the best in program history. She was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team in 2015.
Augenstein set a school record last season when she fired a 2-under par 70 at the Seahawk Spring Invitational. Augenstein finished the season ranked fourth on the team in scoring average with an 82.1. Augenstein was Navy's top finisher at the 2017 Patriot League Championship, placing 12th. Augenstein and Walker are tied for second in school history for most career rounds played with 74.
Moon, Navy's team captain, ranked third on the team last season with an average of 81.2. Her season average of 81.2 was the fifth-lowest in school history. Moon placed fourth at the Sacred Heart Invitational last season, her first top-five finish.
Frazier had a standout freshman season with an average of 80.3, which was the second-lowest in school history behind only Walker's 80.1 average from last season. Frazier became just the second Mid in school history to medal at a tournament when she won the 59-player Seahawk Spring Invitational with a school-record 150 (73-77; +6). Frazier also placed fourth at the Quinnipiac Classic last season.
McDonnell is one of three freshmen brought in by Ste-Marie this season and she will be making her collegiate debut this weekend at Towson. Navy's other two freshmen are Elizabeth Park and Emily Root. Sophomore Micah Vincent also returns to Navy's nine-player roster this season.
Schroeder averaged an 84.8 last season and Vincent averaged an 86.5.
This will be the most experienced team that Navy has fielded in its six years as a varsity program. Augenstein, Moon and Walker were members of Navy's first fully recruited class heading into the 2014-15 season. All three players have lettered three times and they have each played at least 72 career rounds heading into this season.
Navy once again broke its team scoring average with a 322.2 last season. Navy has lowered its scoring average in each successive season of the program's existence. Navy also went under 300 as a team for the first time in program history when shooting a 9-over par 297 at the Seahawk Spring Invitational.
Navy placed second out of five teams at the Sacred Heart Invitational last season and was third out of 10 teams at the Seahawk Spring Invitational. Navy also defeated The Citadel in a match-play dual, 5-1.
Navy placed fourth at the six-team Patriot League Championship last season. The Mids will host the 2018 Patriot League Women's Golf Championship at the Naval Academy Golf Club from April 21-22.
Navy will compete in four tournaments this fall. The Mids will next host the Navy Fall Invitational at the Naval Academy Golf Club from Sept. 16-17. Navy will also compete at the Sacred Heart Invitational (Oct. 15-16) and the Delaware Invitational (Oct. 21-22) next month.