PALOS VERDES, Calif. – The No. 25-ranked Texas A&M women’s golf team opens its spring season at the Northrup Grumman Regional Challenge Monday through Wednesday at Palos Verdes Golf Club.
The tournament will consist of 18 holes each day for a total of 54 holes.
In addition to A&M, the 16-team field includes No. 1-ranked UCLA, No. 2 Arizona State, No. 3 Southern California, No. 9 Wake Forest, No. 10 Pepperdine, No. 16 Denver, No. 17 California, No. 19 Stanford, No. 20 Michigan State, Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Baylor, East Carolina and BYU.
Representing A&M will be sophomore Sarah Zwartynski, senior Lauren Johnson, junior Ashley Freeman, sophomore Stephanie Smith and freshman Kaitlin Hovda.
Zwartynski and Johnson led the Aggies with identical 75.18 stroke averages in the fall, while Freeman averaged 75.64. Smith, a transfer from Texas Tech, is making her first appearance at A&M after playing in nine tournaments and recording a 76.54 average as a freshman for the Red Raiders. Hovda, a freshman from Weslaco, is making her college debut.
"We are really looking forward to getting back into competition,” A&M Coach Trelle McCombs said. “The girls worked extremely hard over the break and have continued working hard since they returned. We have a newfound attitude that I think will be a key factor for us down the stretch."