COLLEGE STATION, TX -- The No. 23 Texas A&M women’s golf team will compete this weekend at the Liz Murphey Fall Preview hosted by Georgia in Athens, Ga.
The Aggies are competing after tying for sixth at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate in Franklin, Tenn. Sept. 21-23. While there, juniors Natalie Reeves and Chelsea Mocio tied individually for 13th and 17th, respectively. Additionally, senior Mary Michael Maggio placed 22nd.
The 54-hole tournament will be played on the UGA golf course which was ranked as one of the top 50 courses in the country by Golf Digest. The par-72 course stretches 7,240 yards and has hosted such prestigious events as the NCAA Championship, the SEC tournament and NCAA Regionals.
“It’s called a preview for that reason,” said A&M head coach Trelle McCombs. “We get to preview the course we’re going to play on for nationals. I have played on this golf course when I was younger and I have taken a team from A&M to this course as well. It’s a great golf course, but you really need to control your golf ball. It’s an honor for us to have been chosen to come back. Typically, you get an invite to this preview based upon how you performed the previous year, either at nationals or on your final ranking.”
The Aggies will be represented by seniors Maggio and Sarah Beth Davis and juniors Reeves, Mocio and Katerina Ruzickova.
“Chelsea Mocio came in to this season after not really traveling all that much last year,” recounted McCombs. “It was a down year for her. She came out for the first tournament and won the qualifier, so that really spoke volumes for her. It’s one thing to win the qualifier and another to do well at the tournament. She placed in the top 20 for the first time and counted all three rounds for us. That was huge for her. She’s back in the line-up this week and I’m looking for her to just do the same things and the results will take care of themselves. Overall, I think it’s a very strong team.”
The first round begins at 8am (EST) Friday. The Aggies are paired with Tennessee and Duke and will tee off from the 10th hole. Live scoring from the event will be available at GolfStat.com.
LIZ MURPHEY FALL PREVIEW
Oct. 5-7, 2012
University of Georgia Golf Course (par 72 / 7,190 yards) - Athens, Ga.
Host: University of Georgia
The Field (15 teams): No. 6 Alabama, No. 8 Auburn, No. 21 California, Denver, No. 1 Duke, No. 14 Georgia, LSU, No. 22 North Carolina, No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 9 Purdue, South Carolina, No. 4 Southern California, No. 18 Tennessee, No. 23 Texas A&M, Tulane, No. 10 UCLA, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 11 Virginia
Format: Team stroke play, 54 holes
Defending Champions: Alabama (854, -10); Jennifer Kirby, Alabama (209, -7)
Round 1: Friday
Round 2: Saturday
Round 3: Sunday
A&M lineup: Mary Michael Maggio (Sr.), Chelsea Mocio (Jr.), Sarah Beth Davis (Sr.), Katerina Ruzickova (Jr.) and Natalie Reeves (Jr.)
Live Scoring: Golfstat.com
Up Next: Oct. 12-14 at Mercedes-Benz Women’s Collegiate, Knoxville, Tenn.