UHV women's golf hosts the AII Championship on home turf
Home advantage could play well for the UHV women's golf team when it hosts the Association of Independent Institutions championships.
Freshmen Brooke Brasseaux believed that since the team practices on the golf course it will play Monday, it should not have difficulty sinking shots. She said the team will worry about itself.
"We need to stick to our plan," said Brasseaux. "We know how to play in different conditions. For other teams, it will be their first time playing here. They won't have that advantage."
The women's team has experienced some good times this year, finishing in the top fivetop five of four events. The Jaguars are hoping that translates into a better finish when the championship ends Tuesday.
Competing with UHV this week will be four teams from the NAIA women's golf top 25, which include defending national and AII champion British Columbia along with Cal State-San Marcos.
"We don't have the experience to shoot under par as a team, which several teams in this tournament could do," said UHV golf coach Brian Williamson about the competition.
Williamson said golf is still a mental game, and if mental mistakes are not made, the team can succeed.
That's why Williamson is hoping weather conditions play to the Jaguars' advantage.
"As a coach, I don't mind seeing the wind blow," he said.
TOURNAMENT NOTES• A strong field awaits UHV on Monday at The Club at Colony Creek. British Columbia comes in as the defending NAIA national champions and ranked No. 6 in the nation, while Cal State-San Marcos is the highest ranked at No. 3. Victoria (B.C.) comes in at No. 12, while the Jaguars have made an impression by receiving votes in each of the three spring polls so far. Other conference teams in this year's field include Jamestown College and Valley City State (N.D.).
• Tournament play will begin each morning at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.
• Sophomore Rebecca Benchot leads the team with an 80.7 scoring average, while freshman Brooke Brasseaux follows close behind with an 81.3 average. Senior Lyndie Smith has an 84.5 average, sophomore Allison Koenig an 87.7 average and junior Devon Dueser a 94.1 average.
• Benchot won the individual title at the St. Thomas event, tied for second at the Texas-Dallas event and has three top-10 finishes, while Brasseaux's top finish is third place at the Claud Jacobs tournament and a tie for third at the St. Thomas event. She has five top-10 finishes in six events. Smith and Koenig each have three top-10 finishes, while Dueser's top finish is an 11th-place finish at the St. Thomas tournament.
UHV's Paul Ebner contributed tournament notes to this report.