ROCK HILL, SC–The Winthrop women’s golf team opens its 2013-14 season next Monday and Tuesday in the Myrtle Beach Fall Invitational which is being held at Myrtle Beach National and hosted by High Point University.
The Eagles return seven players from last year’s squad, including their top three individuals from a year ago, and they have added two newcomers who will give added depth to a veteran squad. “On paper, I believe we have the strongest team that we’ve had in years. It’s going to be exciting this year,” said Winthrop head coach Jodi Wendt.
The top returnees include senior Meagan Wallace (Charlotte, NC), won captured two tournament titles in 2012-13, and junior Jennifer Dilger (Palmdale, CA), who is coming off some strong summer performances that included winning the San Diego City Women’s Amateur and qualifying for the women’s U.S. Amateur in Charleston, SC. Also back are juniors Rachel Wyatt (Blythewood, SC) and Viivi Nuorti (Helsinki, Finland). Wyatt was an All-Big South Conference performer two years ago as a freshman while Nuorti did well in the 2013 Big South Championship and has continued to work hard on her game, according to Wendt.
The three other returning golfers include junior Anna Jenkins (Rock Hill, SC) and sophomores Mary Barbero (Fairfax, VA) and Lucinda Walker (Ormskirk, England).
Wendt welcomes Swedish freshman Louise Jeppersen and freshman Allison Kuntz (Austin, TX) to this year’s squad.
The Myrtle Beach Fall Invitational is one of five tournaments the Eagles will participate in this fall. The others include the East Carolina Lady Pirate Invitational in Greenville, NC (Oct. 7-8); the Courtyard Classic in Jacksonville, FL (Oct. 14-15), the Fighting Camel Classic in Buies Creek, NC (Oct. 21-22), and the Winthrop Intercollegiate which will close out the fall season Nov. 2-3 at the newly renovated Rock Hill Country Club. Winthrop will open its spring season in February at the Amelia Island Collegiate in Florida, and will close out the year with the Big South Conference Championship, April 13-15, in Ninety-Six, SC.
“We have some tough events this year,” said Wendt. “I did that because I knew I had a great group of girls.