Women's Golf Hosts UCF Challenge in Spring Opener

Feb. 10, 2012

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By Brittany Dansereau

ORLANDO, Fla., (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF Challenge returns to RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento for the fifth year beginning Feb. 12 and continuing through the 14th. The UCF women's golf team will be one of 18 teams competing, including 17 of the Top 100 teams in the nation. The inaugural 2007 event was played at Villa of Grand Cypress.

The 2012 UCF Challenge will start with three rounds, including Sunday and Monday's play starting at the first and 10th tees at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday's final round will start at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Eight teams in the field have participated in the 2011 NCAA Regionals, including No. 15, No. 27 South Carolina, No. 39 Kentucky, No. 53 Tulane, No. 55 UTSA ,Texas No. 61 Coastal Carolina, No. 83 Augusta State and No.99 Minnesota.

RedTail will play at a 6,374-yard layout for the event with a par of 72. In the past at the UCF Challenge, the Knights have seen some top competition in the country, including three of the five eventual national champions (Duke in 2007, USC in 2008, and Arizona State in 2009.)

Last spring, the Knights shot a 302 (+14) on the last day of the tournament, and 891 (+27) overall, finishing in seventh place.

This past fall, the Knights were crowned Lady Northern Invite champions moving them from No. 73 in the rankings to finishing the fall at No. 47. During the three-month break, the Knights have taken the time to get stronger and adjust the aspects of their game to continue competing against the best in the nation.

Teeing up for the Knights in the spring debut will be freshman Monifa Sealy (Glencoe, Trinidad and Tobago) at No. 1, freshman Katie Mitchell (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) at No. 2, sophomore Kaitlyn Price (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) at No. 3, junior Carolin Pinegger (Marquarstein, Germany) at No. 4 and freshman Robyn Doig (Seaforth, Ontario) at No. 5.

Competing as individuals in the tournament are freshman Heather Proctor (Ocala, Fla.), junior Valentina Fontaine (Santiago, Chile), and junior Jordyn Hage (Winter Park, Fla.).

Live stats for the three-day event can be found at Golfstat.com.