Red Storm Heads To Florida For The 2014 BIG EAST Championship|
April 16, 2014
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – After back-to-back fourth-place finishes to round out the regular season, the St. John’s women’s golf team is heading down to Florida to compete in the 2014 BIG EAST Championship at LPGA International from April 17-19.
For four seniors, the three-day event marks the final time they will compete in the conference championship as they wrap up an incredible journey with the Red Storm.
Senior Harin Lee leads the team heading into the event with a 77.90 stroke average this spring and a 77.0 average for the year. Lee is also the program’s leader with eight individual championship titles, including the 2011 BIG EAST Championship where she carded the lowest 36-hole score in event history with a 142 (-2) to earn her BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors and an eventual 71st place at the 2011 NCAA Central Regional.
“It’s a bitter-sweet feeling this weekend,” said Lee. “It feels good going into the BIG EAST Championship knowing we have a really good chance to win, but it is really sad to think it may be the end of our collegiate journey.”
Jennifer Neville will be looking for her third career title this weekend after opening her final season with a first-place finish at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational on Sept. 9. The redshirt senior holds a 79.30 stroke average this spring and a 77.74 average throughout the year and currently holds the best individual tournament to par this season with her three-over performance at the Tignanelli Towson Invitational.
“I’m very hopeful that as a team we can play well and advance to the NCAA Regional, but whether or not this is my final event, I want to look back and say that I had fun and gave it my all,” said Neville. “This week I’m focused on being relaxed and enjoying these last few weeks with my team.”
Rachel Carpenter is coming off a memorable season this year after earning her first collegiate title in the fall with a first-place finish at the St. Jon’s Invitational on Oct. 8. Carpenter holds a 79.40 stroke average this spring and a 78.79 average through the 2013-14 season after competing in all eight events this year.
“We’re ready to go in and win a conference championship this week,” said Carpenter. “Ultimately, it’s about making the memories that will last forever and will leave a lasting legacy for this program. No matter the outcome, we gave it our all and enjoyed each and every moment.”
Stephanie Eybers rounds out the senior squad heading to Florida this weekend, taking with her an 81.80 stroke average from the four events this spring and an 80.68 average for the year.
“It’s such a great feeling to go into the BIG EAST Championship wanting and needing to win to continue my college golfing career,” said Eybers. “Our team is confident and ready to give it our all. It’s been a great four years and I couldn’t have imagined a better journey with these girls. It’s time to take it one hole and one round at a time.”
Joining the team’s four seniors will be the Red Storm’s hottest golfer of the spring, Anna Kim, who was named the BIG EAST Golfer of the Week on April 8 after forcing a first-place playoff in the team’s final regular season event at the Pirate Invitational on April 6. The sophomore is heading into her first BIG EAST Championship with a team-leading 76.60 stroke average this spring, putting her at a 77.29 average in her first season with the Red Storm.
The Red Storm finished in third place at the 2013 BIG EAST Championship and is looking for only its second title in program history after winning the tournament in 2005. Head coach Ambry Bishop was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year that season after guiding the program to victory in only its third year of existence.
The three-day event will be hosted on the Arthur Hills Course at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., a 6,984-yard, par-72 course that was built in 1997. Joining the Red Storm will be new BIG EAST members Butler and Creighton as well as Georgetown, Seton Hall and Xavier.
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