Women's Golf Returns to Action on Sunday at the Kinderlou Forest Challenge

Feb. 25, 2011

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By Josh Molino

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF women's golf team heads north to Valdosta, Ga. this weekend to compete in the Kinderlou Forest Challenge hosted Kennesaw State. This year's tournament field of 14 includes four teams ranked inside the top 50 nationally and all 14 teams are ranked in the top 100 according to Golfstat as of February 16.

No. 10 Georgia enters the tournament as the highest ranked team followed by sunshine state rival Florida State at No. 38, Chattanooga at No. 40 and Wisconsin ranked No. 48. The Knights moved up 37 spots to No. 76 after an impressive dual-match victory over then-No. 21 Kent State and finishing seventh of 17 teams at the competitive UCF Challenge.

The tournament is being held at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, a par-73 course totaling 6,349 yards. Three rounds begin Sunday and continue through Tuesday. Sunday and Monday's tee times are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. finishing with a shotgun start on Tuesday.

"We started off the spring with great performances against Kent State and at our home UCF Challenge and we are very excited about this event," UCF head coach Courtney Trimble said. "We have never been to this tournament and it will be a new experience for us on a very tough course with another good tournament field."

Sophomore Valentina Fontaine (Santiago, Chile) has been the Knights top-scorer this spring finishing second against Kent State and in a tie for fifth place overall in the UCF Challenge. Fontaine will play at the No. 1 position followed by fellow sophomore Carolin Pinegger (Marquartstein, Germany) who has also played exceptionally well this spring. Pinegger was the Knights' top finisher against Kent State and tied for 28th in the UCF Challenge.

Senior Katie Detlefsen (Eagan, Minn.) will represent UCF at the No. 3 position and looks to continue playing in her final round form from the UCF Challenge, when she carded an even-par 72. Jordyn Hage (Winter Park, Fla.) opened her first UCF Challenge with a first round one-under 71 and hopes to regain that same form heading into the Kinderlou Challenge at the No. 4 position. Finishing out the Knights' roster at the No. 5 position is freshman Kaitlyn Price (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) who led UCF in the fall with a scoring average of 76.85.